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Press Release

March 26, 2009

PTC Announces Two New Advisory Board Members

Robert Peters and Marybeth Hicks Join the PTC


LOS ANGELES (March 26, 2009) – The Parents Television Council™ has announced two new members of its Advisory Board – Robert Peters, president of Morality in Media, and Marybeth Hicks, author and culture columnist for The Washington Times.


“We are glad to bring such well-renowned experts on the family and parenting to the PTC Advisory Board.  Both Bob and Marybeth have staked their careers on protecting the well-being of children, and both are uniquely qualified to assist with the PTC’s mission of protecting children from sex, violence and profanity in the media.  We are honored to work with them,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


The PTC Advisory Board consists of national public-policy and entertainment leaders across the ideological spectrum, united by the common goal of helping the PTC to protect children from graphic and gratuitous programming and to restore responsibility to the entertainment industry.


For 14 years, Robert Peters has been president of Morality in Media, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in New York City in 1962 to combat obscenity and uphold standards of decency in the media.  “I am pleased to join forces with the Parents Television Council, and to continue to make a positive impact on our culture for the good of our children,” said Peters.


A renowned speaker, Mr. Peters has drafted state and local obscenity and related laws and testified before state and local legislative bodies, has testified before the FCC on TV violence, is the author of amicus curiae briefs for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court in support of federal Laws regulating indecent material on broadcast and cable TV and by means of telephone ("dial-a-porn") and computer.  To learn more, visit www.moralityinmedia.org.


Also joining the PTC Advisory Board is author and speaker Marybeth Hicks, whose column, “Then Again...,” explores issues and experiences that affect families and shape communities.  “Protecting children from negative influences – many of which come from television and other forms of entertainment – is a critical job and I’m pleased to partner with the Parents Television Council to continue my work as an advocate for families,” said Hicks.


Ms. Hicks is the author of two books, Bringing up Geeks: How to Protect Your Kid’s Childhood in a Grow-up-too-fast World (Penguin/Berkley, July 2008), and The Perfect World Inside My Minivan—One Mom’s Journey Through the Streets of Suburbia (Faith Publishing).  She began her career in the White House where she scribed special correspondence and talking points for President Ronald Reagan.  Ms. Hicks’ weekly columns can be found at www.MarybethHicks.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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