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Press Release

October 19, 2007

PTC Asks News Corp. Not to Air Graphic Content During Early Primetime Hours

Cable Customers Shouldn’t Be Forced To Purchase FX Network


NEW YORK (October 19, 2007) – The Parents Television Council™ called on News Corp. Founder Rupert Murdoch and his board members to stop airing graphic and grotesque content on Fox Broadcasting channels during hours when children are watching, and to publicly support a way for families to choose and pay for only the cable networks they want so that they do not have to underwrite indecent programming on the FX network.  PTC North Jersey Chapter Director Crystal Madison delivered comments during the annual shareholders meeting today and excerpts follow:


“Fox Broadcasting and the FX network have repeatedly embarrassed you, the board and the shareholders with such programs as Family Guy, American Dad, Bones and Dirt


Family Guy is apparently a satire of the American family.  It depends heavily on oblique sexual innuendo and sexual themes.  In one episode the Peter character accused his proctologist of raping him after the doctor probed his anus.  In another episode, a topless girl competes in a game show where she must catch hotdogs in her mouth to win money for breast implants.  Fantasy violence, prostitution jokes, and cartoon nudity are all common place on a program about family that airs at 8pm in the Midwest and earlier in national syndication. 


“The American Dad series is no better in its parody of American values and institutions.  In one episode the Stan character is looking forward to receiving a promotion at work but in order to please his boss, Stan must allow him to have sexual relations with his 18 year old daughter.  In the same episode the boss shares a sexual position he experienced while having sex with Stan’s daughter.  American Dad airs at 8:30 pm on Sunday in Central time zones.


Dirt on FX has demonstrated just how low News Corp. is willing to go to obtain attention.  The Lucy character shared this bit of dialogue in a recent episode:  ‘Basketball star with a prostitute isn’t news.  That he wanted her to bang him in the ass with a strap-on – That’s your lead!’  The Dirt series includes fantasies about having sex with dead people; masturbation themes, self-mutilation and prominent drug use as frequent storylines.


“Lastly, I’d like to remind our shareholders of the recent offering from Fox, the series Bones.  The October 9 broadcast offered a dead body with its feet severed and was presented repeatedly in a very graphic way, along with maggots crawling out of a decomposing body.  Is this entertainment?  Not only is it embarrassing for this company but humiliating for all of its shareholders to be associated with such degradation of humanity, but this must stop now.


“The PTC chairman Ambassador Leon Weil summed it up best while speaking here last year with his common sense solution; (quote) ‘…if you are going to air mature content on your broadcast network, air it after 10 pm when children are unlikely to see it.  And if you are intent on putting degrading programs like Nip/Tuck on the air, programs that violate your own corporate speech policies, put them on premium, not basic cable, where tens of millions of families who don’t want it, and are in fact offended by it, aren’t forced to pay for it.’ (End quote)


“As a mother, I am pleading with you, Mr. Murdoch, to take control of your companies’ programming schedules and place these negative shows and programs like them where they belong.”


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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