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Press Release

February 22, 2008

NBC Airs Female Nudity During Primetime


LOS ANGELES (February 22, 2008) – The Parents Television Council™ filed an indecency complaint over NBC’s broadcast of a graphic nude scene during Las Vegas on February 15, 2008.  The episode aired at 9 pm in the Central and Mountain Time zones.


In the Las Vegas episode, three girls gather together in the center of the casino floor and begin to disrobe.  They strip until they are naked and then begin running around the casino.  In the security office, the girls can be seen on the television monitors running around the casino naked.  Their buttocks are visible, and only shadows obscure their breasts and groins.


“This crossed the line of common sense decency.  NBC seems eager to test the FCC’s resolve to fine stations for violating broadcast decency laws.  I remind NBC that the broadcast airwaves are public property.  The TV networks do not own them.  The TV stations do not own them.  The industry must be held accountable for the content they air and the FCC must act in the public interest by slapping NBC with a significant indecency fine,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


“Only less than a month ago the FCC handed down $1.4 million in fines against 52 ABC affiliates for a 2003 episode of NYPD Blue that focused extensively on an actress naked buttocks, a side view of her bare breasts, and a full frontal view of her nudity (obscured only by her arm and hand covering her breasts and groin), but that didn’t deter NBC from airing barely obscured female nudity during a primetime airing of Las Vegas.


“We urge our members and anyone who is concerned about this outrageous content to contact NBC and the sponsors who paid for this show.”


TAKE ACTION! If you live in the Central or Mountain time zones, file a formal complaint with the FCC.


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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