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Press Release

March 21, 2007

Parents Television Council Launches Connecticut Chapter

PTC Advisory Board Member Mary Streep Creates 43rd Chapter


LOS ANGELES (March 21, 2007) — The Parents Television Council™, the nation's most influential advocacy organization protecting children from graphic sex, violence and profanity in the media, announced Mary Simon Streep as the director of the Connecticut Chapter.  This is the first chapter in Connecticut, joining the 43 PTC grassroots chapters across the nation.


Streep has been a long-time supporter of the PTC and has served on the Advisory Board for the past two years.  She is pleased to become the chapter director and wants "to empower parents to demand responsible programming from the television industry that will edify, uplift, and promote healthy values and behavior for our children and teens."


The Connecticut Chapter will help bring more socially responsible shows to television and keep TV executives accountable for their actions.  Streep reminiscences about when TV offered nurturing programming saying, "There was a time when we could leave the room and feel confident that our children were learning and enjoying television programming.  Today we can't even leave the room with the TV on."  


Tim Winter, president of the PTC said, "I am ecstatic that Mary has agreed to expand her role with the PTC. She has been a powerful voice on our Advisory Board and her determination and passion to help families in Connecticut will result in great success."


A native of New Jersey, Streep graduated from New England College with a B.A. in Education and now serves on the school's Board of Trustees.  She is an active community leader involved in the National Council for Adoption, a member of the board for the William E. Simon Foundation, a deacon at her church, and a volunteer for numerous charities including Meals on Wheels.  Married to her high school sweetheart for 30 years, she and her husband reside in New Canaan, CT, with their four children and three dogs.


To schedule an interview with a PTC representative, please contact Gavin Mc Kiernan at (213) 403-1300 (ext. 2866).

The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.




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