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Press Release

July 17, 2007

PTC to Senate: No F-Words in Front of Children on Broadcast TV


LOS ANGELES (July 17, 2007) – The Parents Television Council™ renewed its call on the U.S. Senate to send a clear message that the broadcast decency law should be reaffirmed and vigorously enforced despite efforts by the entertainment industry to undermine the law.  This week, the Senate Commerce Committee will review and vote upon a bill introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) that will protect children from inappropriate content on broadcast television by affirming the FCC’s ability to prohibit the use of profanity and indecent images during times of day when children are most likely to be in the viewing audience.


“Congress needs to reassert and reaffirm that profane and obscene images should be prohibited on the publicly owned airwaves at times when children are in the audience.  Congress needs to reinstate the FCC’s authority to uphold the decency law after the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that so-called ‘fleeting’ expletives were appropriate to air on the public airwaves,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


“The heart of this is reinforcing the current broadcast decency law.  The broadcast industry promises self-regulation, but we’ve seen time and again that these efforts have either failed or are non-existent.  If the entertainment industry had any intention at all of promoting reasonable self-restraint, it wouldn’t have sued the FCC on the absurd grounds that it should have the ‘right’ to air the ‘F-word’ and ‘S-word’ during prime time, nor would it be asserting that a striptease during the Super Bowl wasn’t indecent.  As licensees of the public airwaves, it’s the broadcast networks’ responsibility and legal obligation to broadcast in the public interest.  It’s clear that the public wants the Congress to represent it – and not the entertainment industry – in this regard.


“The Senate cannot wait to uphold its responsibility to reflect the overwhelming will of the American people on the issue of broadcast decency.  In a March Zogby poll, 79% of respondents agreed that there was too much sex, violence and profanity on television.  The Senate must act now to protect children and stand up for the appropriate use of the public’s airwaves. 


“The message from parents all over the country remains vividly clear: a vote against this broadcast decency bill is a vote in favor of airing the ‘F-word’ and the ‘S-word’ at any time of day on broadcast television.  Contemporary Community Standards – and not two judges in New York City – are what should determine broadcast indecency standards.  Any Senator who opposes this common sense measure should be ashamed and held accountable.


“We commend the leadership of Senators Inouye, Rockefeller, Pryor and Stevens, and thank them for their prompt attention to this critical issue.”


To schedule an interview with a PTC representative, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext. 140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.

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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