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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2009


PTC Commends Advance of Child Safe Viewing Act

 

LOS ANGELES (March 3, 2009) – The Parents Television Council™ commended the FCC for taking the first step towards implementing the Child Safe Viewing Act and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) for his leadership with helping to protect children from indecent content on television and on the Internet.  Sen. Pryor was the author of the bill, which was signed into law by President Bush in December 2008.

 

The FCC issued a Notice of Inquiry yesterday, which sets into motion an FCC review of parental controls and blocking technology with a subsequent report due to Congress in August 2009.

 

“Everybody agrees that parents deserve better resources to help protect their children from inappropriate content on television.  Our research has repeatedly demonstrated that the current V-chip technology relies on a faulty content rating system, and therefore it cannot provide adequate safeguards.  This proceeding and this legislation are important first steps towards the implementation of more functional and reliable solutions for parents and families.  We are grateful to Sen. Pryor for his leadership to better empower parents to protect their children,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

 

“Now that President Obama has officially nominated Julius Genachowski for FCC Chairman, the FCC is on the clock to produce this new report.  Given Mr. Genachowski’s background in technology, we look forward to seeing how the FCC will address these critical issues for families under his leadership.”

 

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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