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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2008


PTC Applauds Maximum Penalty Against ABC for Indecency on ‘NYPD Blue’

 

LOS ANGELES (January 25, 2007) – The Parents Television Council™ praised the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for issuing the maximum fine of $1.43 million against 52 ABC affiliates for airing indecent material in an episode of NYPD Blue.  The broadcast at issue aired on February 25, 2003 at 9:00 p.m. in the Central and Mountain Time zones.  After the episode aired, the PTC and its members demanded action over the graphic display of female nudity.

“We are thankful that the FCC has finally taken a stand for children and families with this unanimous order.  The delay in getting here has been frustrating, but we are delighted by the decision.  PTC members and concerned citizens across the country spoke out against the nudity in the 2003 episode of NYPD Blue and today their pleas have been answered,” said Tim Winter, president of the PTC. 

 

“Despite the TV networks’ scurrilous lawsuits claiming a ‘right’ to air profanity, and that a striptease in the middle of the Super Bowl was somehow not indecent, this order should serve as a reminder to every broadcaster and every network that they must use the public airwaves responsibly and in a manner which serves the public interest.

“Unfortunately, the networks have demonstrated a pattern of avoiding any accountability after airing indecent content.  We hope that ABC will honor the namesake of its corporate parent and step up to the plate, pay its fine and accept full responsibility for its actions.  We also call on Congress and the courts to listen to the people rather than the mega media conglomerate lobbyists and defend the authority of the FCC to protect the public airwaves from those who would abuse their privilege to use them,” concluded Winter.

 

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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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