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Press Release

December 22, 2008

Viacom Says Unedited “F-word” is Appropriate for 14-Year-Old Children


LOS ANGELES (December 22, 2008) – The Parents Television Council™ chastised Viacom executives for airing an un-bleeped “f-word” on their advertiser-supported basic cable network, VH1, and for assigning a TV-14 content rating for that program.  Viacom executives have stated previously that Viacom has a “zero tolerance” policy on indecency and obscenity.


The un-bleeped “f-word” appeared on VH1’s Rock of Love Charm School which aired on December 14 at 9:00 pm ET/PT and was rated TV-14 DL.


“By airing the f-word with a TV-14 rating, Viacom is declaring that f-words are ok to air in front of millions of children as young as 14.  I do not know one parent who would agree with that assertion.  Before network executives fire off some pat answer in the attempt to defend their actions, I want to remind them that the producers of this show and the network had to make an affirmative decision to edit this scene with this un-bleeped word into the show,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


“This is one more reason why cable networks must offer families cable choice, the option to choose and pay for only the cable networks they want.  Because of the bundle of different networks they are forced to pay for in order to get the cable programming they actually want, every cable subscriber pays about $5 per year* to underwrite VH1, which adds up to hundreds of millions of dollars every year for this network.  Families are tired of subsidizing explicit and vulgar content with their cable bills.”


To read more about the PTC’s Cable Choice Campaign, visit www.HowCableShouldBe.com.

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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