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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2007


PTC Encourages FedEx to Continue Supporting Family-Friendly TV Programs

 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (September 24, 2007) - Today at the annual FedEx shareholders meeting, the Parents Television Council asked FedEx to uphold its commitment to support family-friendly entertainment and to continue carefully evaluating its media buys in the future. The following are excerpts from remarks given at the meeting by Glen Erickson, PTC's Manager of Advertising Programs:

 

"I am here today representing the Parents Television Council, a non-profit, nonpartisan group committed to protecting children from sex, violence and profanity in entertainment.   We spoke here in Memphis last year sharing with the board and its shareholders a sampling of problematic television programs that FedEx had sponsored in the previous broadcast year.

 

"This year the PTC is pleased to share with the board and its shareholders that FedEx has not been earmarked by the Parents Television Council as an advertiser who supports negative programming.   Further, we are encouraged by the healthy dialogue between FedEx media managers and the PTC that FedEx is sincere in its commitment to family friendly television programming.

 

"In this year's PTC annual rating of all national television advertisers from best to worst, we're encouraged to report that FedEx is in the upper third of all advertisers.   This favorable position in our ranking would indicate FedEx's sincere effort to place their advertising in appropriate television shows.  Clearly, FedEx understands that as a responsible corporate citizen that your advertising dollars reflect your corporate values.  

 

"We at the PTC appreciate that FedEx is committed to the safety of children on the streets as mentioned on your website and we'd like to believe that FedEx is committed to the safety of children watching television as reflected in your support of such positive shows as Deal or No Deal, Dancing with the Stars, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and the Family Friendly Programming Forum show; Friday Night Lights.

 

"The Parents Television Council and its 1.2 million members look forward to working with FedEx throughout this broadcast year and encourage you, Mr. Smith and your senior management team to keep FedEx on this positive track of supporting positive entertainment in all media outlets.   Thank you for your time and genuine concern for America's children and grandchildren."

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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