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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2008


PTC Asks Fox: Wild Sex Parties Not Indecent?

Fox Refuses to Pay Fine for Indecent “Married by America” Episode Featuring Pixilated Nudity

 

LOS ANGELES (March 24, 2008) – The Parents Television Council™ blasted Fox today for refusing to pay its indecency fine for violating the law over an indecent episode of “Married by America,” which contained repeated scenes of wild sex parties at an hour when millions of children were watching television.  The PTC and its members filed indecency complaints with the FCC about this episode.

 

“It is simply outrageous that Fox has chosen to fight its fine for clearly violating the indecency law.  The $91,000 FCC fine is already paltry for a rich network that profits for free from the publicly-owned airwaves.  Fox is intent on claiming the so-called ‘right’ to barrage families with sexually graphic content and appears willing to do everything it can to dodge its public responsibility by refraining from airing indecent material before 10:00 p.m.,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

 

“Fox simply does not have the public’s interest at heart.  If it did, it would admit wrongdoing, pay the fine, and promise never again to air this kind of sexually graphic material before 10:00 p.m.  The public airwaves are no place for the type of content that could be found on pay-per-view or premium cable channels.  Fox must comply with the law if it is to continue using the public airwaves for free.”

 

To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, 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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