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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2009


PTC Applauds Fox Affiliate for Preempting “Osbournes: Reloaded”

 

LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2009) – The Parents Television Council™ applauded the decision of WPGX-TV in Panama City, Fla., for deciding to preempt tonight’s Fox premiere of the “Osbournes: Reloaded” due to profanity and adult content, according to the Associated Press.

 

“We applaud the station management of WPGX for standing up for families in its community.  Affiliates have the right and responsibility to preview and preempt inappropriate network shows.  We encourage all Fox affiliates to make the tough, but necessary, decisions about network programming that may be indecent or inappropriate for their markets.  If one affiliate has thought twice about the content on the ‘Osbournes,’ then it’s likely the content is indeed questionable, especially for the early time slot,” said PTC President Tim Winter. 

 

“Fox may claim that the ‘Osbournes: Reloaded’ is for an adult audience, but the show is slated to premiere with a TV-14 rating, suggesting it is appropriate for millions of children.  And the fact that the program airs right after ‘American Idol,’ long among the most popular and family-friendly shows on television, and will no doubt be promoted heavily during that show, speaks otherwise,” he added.

 

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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