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Press Release

June 4, 2007

PTC: Court OK’s F-Word In Front of Kids

Ruling Permits Unedited Profanities to Air During Any Time of Day


LOS ANGELES (June 4, 2007) – The Parents Television Council™ issued a statement in response to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling today that overturned FCC decisions finding as indecent the airing of the “F-word” and “S-word” during the live broadcasts of the 2002 and 2003 Billboard Music Awards’ shows.  The PTC and its members filed FCC indecency complaints over these two incidents and also submitted an Amicus brief in support of the FCC decisions.


PTC™ President Tim Winter said, “As we predicted several months ago, a court in New York City has cleared the way for television networks to use the F-word and S-word in front of children at any time of the day.  By a mere 2-1 margin, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has, in essence, stolen the airwaves from the public and handed ownership over to the broadcast industry.


“It was only one year ago that Congress overwhelmingly passed a law to increase broadcast indecency fines. The House passed that bill by a margin of 10:1 and the Senate passed it unanimously.  Today’s ruling is a slap in the face to the American people.


“The industry was able to forum-shop and find two federal judges in New York City to impose their will on the nation. The Court’s decision runs contrary to nearly 80 years of jurisprudence about the publicly-owned airwaves, not to mention the overwhelming sense of the nation.  Community decency standards should not be decided by two judges in New York.


“We believe the two judges on the Second Circuit Court are wrong, and we urge the FCC to appeal this case to the U.S. Supreme Court.  We also urge the public to speak up on this matter, contacting their congressional representatives and the White House too, and make their opinions known.”


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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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