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Press Release

July 19, 2007

PTC Praises Senate Commerce Committee for Protecting Children From Indecent TV

PTC Calls for Full Senate to Vote Before August Recess


LOS ANGELES (July 19, 2007) – The Parents Television Council™ praised the Senate Commerce Committee for taking the necessary steps today towards protecting children from indecent content on television.  The committee passed a bill introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) that affirmed the FCC’s ability to restrict the use of profanity and indecent images during times of day when children are most likely to be in the viewing audience.


“We applaud the Senate Commerce Committee, and especially the bipartisan leadership of Senators Rockefeller, Inouye, Stevens, and Pryor, for putting the interests of families above the self-serving interests of the broadcast industry.  Further, the leadership of Senator Brownback in his attempt to pass similar legislation was of tremendous value.  It is clearly in the interest of children and families that language like the ‘F-word’ and ‘S-word’ should considered indecent during hours when children are in the viewing audience.  It is clearly in the interest of children and families that nudity and inappropriate sexual content -- such as the infamous Super Bowl strip show -- should not be shown on television before 10 pm.  The public interest was clearly served by today’s bipartisan Senate action, and we now call on the full Senate to vote on this measure before the August recess,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


“Through their lawsuits asserting the ‘right’ to air profanity during the hours when children are in the audience, and the absurd notion that a striptease during the Super Bowl is not indecent, the broadcast networks continue to show they are not responsible stewards of the public airwaves; but as licensees, the responsibility is theirs.  The FCC’s authority to enforce common sense decency standards, which were recently stripped by two judges in New York City, must be restored.  Today’s action is a significant step in the right direction.”


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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