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Press Release

December 18, 2007

PTC Criticizes FCC Decision to Relax Media Ownership Rules


LOS ANGELES (December 18, 2007) –  In response to a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote in favor of relaxing media ownership rules and allowing companies in the top 20 national media markets to own both print and broadcast outlets, the Parents Television Council issued the following statement:


“The PTC is deeply disappointed in the announcement today by the FCC that will effectively loosen longstanding rules for media ownership. While the ruling today will only affect a select number of US markets, even a small step in the wrong direction is a step in the wrong direction,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


“Broadcasters are required to use the public airwaves to serve the public interest, and at the same time they are able to reap immense financial benefit. This creates an inherent potential for a conflict of interest, especially when billions of dollars are at stake. It is therefore incumbent upon other media outlets to provide a check and balance by reporting objectively about how the public airwaves are being exploited. Experience has shown us that newspapers do not take TV or radio stations to task when they are jointly owned by the same media conglomerate.


“At hearings across the United States over the past two years, the overwhelming message from the public was that media conglomerates regularly and routinely place their own corporate interest ahead of the public interest. With today’s announcement, the FCC has turned a deaf ear to the prevailing public sentiment voiced at each and every localism hearing,” Winter concluded.


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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