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Press Release

August 26, 2008

PTC Urges Democrats and Republicans to Focus on TV Decency, Cable Choice


LOS ANGELES (August 26, 2008) – The Parents Television Council™ urged both the Democrats and Republicans to focus on entertainment issues of concern to parents as both parties prepare for their conventions in the next two weeks.


“Being that millions of parents are deeply concerned at the messages being directed towards their children on television, we expect that both parties will establish clear positions on issues of broadcast decency and consumer cable choice.  Our 1.3 million members, who hold a variety of political positions, can all agree that there needs to be some level of responsibility on the entertainment industry to help ensure that their children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


“We expect that no matter who is elected in November, the new president will nominate FCC commissioners who are committed to enforcing federal broadcast decency law; help to ensure that citizens will continue to have their voices heard at the FCC when it comes to indecent content that airs on broadcast television; and that consumers will be able to choose and pay for only the cable networks they want so that they do not have to subsidize networks they do not want or do not watch.


“A majority of Americans (79%) agree that there is too much sex, violence and coarse language on television.*  Yet the broadcast networks are trying to get that landmark Supreme Court affirmation of decency reversed.  It’s clear that the networks will argue anything to try to subjugate the law and ignore the will of the people.


“Senator McCain has already been a leader of providing consumer cable choice, and the Democrats have addressed other issues in their platform.  We hope the Republicans will also make these issues a top priority on their platform. 


“They may agree on little else, but we hope that both parties will echo a common sense commitment to restoring a culture of decency and responsibility in our country,” Winter concluded.


*From Zogby International poll data, March 2007.


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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