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Press Release

January 15, 2009

PTC Celebrates “Swingtown” Death Knell


LOS ANGELES (January 15, 2009) – The Parents Television Council™ applauded the formal announcement by CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler that Swingtown would not be returning to the broadcast network’s schedule.  As reported in Broadcasting & Cable, Tassler told the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour yesterday: “No we are not going back to Swingtown.  That show was also a victim of the strike.  It was a risk.  We took it and are proud of it.”


“On behalf of the nation’s children and families, the PTC applauds and celebrates the removal of Swingtown from the public airwaves.  But let’s be clear about why the program was pulled from the schedule: It had nothing to do with the writer’s strike and everything to do with the program’s lack of sponsors.  CBS’ claim that Swingtown was a victim of the strike is nothing but PR spin to conceal what really happened,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


Swingtown gave viewers a look into a world of drugs and sexual experimentation with the premise of open marriage at its core.  The show aired as early as 9:00 pm in the Central/Mountain time zones, and aired content such as a ménage à trois, orgies, and the characters enjoying drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and Quaaludes.


After the PTC and its members contacted advertisers about the concerning content on Swingtown, the most responsible corporate sponsors stepped away from the show.  The decision to do so is a testament to the sponsors’ good management and to the powerful voices of concerned citizens across America who spoke out against a program chock-full of graphic content,” said Winter.


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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