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Press Release

June 7, 2007

PTC Echoes FCC Chairman’s Call for Parental Choice


LOS ANGELES (June 7, 2007) – The Parents Television Council™ praised FCC Chairman Kevin Martin as he called for the cable industry to provide consumers with cable choice, a reasonable solution for families who do not want to receive, be assaulted by, or be forced to pay for graphically indecent, violent or profane television programs in their homes.


New York’s Second Circuit Court ruled on Monday that expletives aired during broadcast television shows are now acceptable even in programming that millions of children are watching. That ruling overturned an FCC decision that Fox violated the indecency law when it aired the “F-word” and “S-word” during the live Billboard Music Awards two years in a row.  The FCC is reviewing the decision and its various legal options, including a possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.


“Sadly the Second Circuit’s ruling placed the TV networks’ interest ahead of the public interest.  In light of the court’s ruling, FCC Chairman Martin is correct to voice his support for Cable ‘á la carte,’ which would give families real choice when it comes to the television content that enters their homes.  It also allows consumers, not the cable industry, to determine what content they pay for,” said PTC™ President Tim Winter.  


“Currently, families who want wholesome cable programming are forced to subsidize profanity-laced networks like MTV, which on Sunday aired its Music Awards, complete with exceptionally foul content provided by host Sarah Silverman; they must pay a monthly fee to networks like FX, which show horrifically explicit scenes of sexual violence; and they are required to fund other offensive basic cable networks, even networks that air racist, sexist and anti-Semitic material in the name of ‘comedy.’  The cable industry should respond to the majority of Americans who prefer to choose for themselves the cable network programming that they want.


“Throughout this challenge of the indecency law by the TV networks, the sad reality is that families continue to be ignored.  We applaud FCC Chairman Martin for his continued defense of American families, Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) for his statements encouraging the FCC to pursue appropriate remedies to correct the misguided ruling of the two New York judges, and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) for calling for more parental resources to protect children, not less,” Winter said.


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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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