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Press Release

April 1, 2009

PTC Condemns Fox Network for “Osbournes: Reloaded,” but Applauds Fox Affiliates for Preemption


LOS ANGELES (April 1, 2009) – The Parents Television Council™ praised the Fox affiliates that preempted the “Osbournes: Reloaded” which premiered after “American Idol” last night.  The Washington Post reported that affiliates preempted the program by not airing it or by airing it later at night in 11 percent of the country.  The PTC renewed its call on every Fox affiliate to preempt subsequent airings of the program if they contain similar levels of graphic, adult content.


The premiere of the “Osbournes: Reloaded” contained an extraordinary number of harsh bleeped and unbleeped expletives and partially-obscured obscene gestures.  During the 35-minute program the PTC counted 49 such instances, or one instance every 35 seconds during the program.


“What Fox did last night is the pinnacle of corporate arrogance and irresponsibility -- airing something so graphic and patently offensive immediately after the most-watched family program on network television,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


“Fox not only aired the ‘Osbournes’ immediately after ‘American Idol,’ but they promoted the ‘Osbournes’ multiple times during the ‘Idol’ broadcast.  For the past few years the Fox Network has demonstrated a practice of offending as many families as possible.  And while the Network may not care about a broadcaster’s legal obligation to serve the public interest, at least a number of Fox affiliates responsibly met that obligation by choosing not to air the show or by moving the airing to a later hour.  We are thankful to those affiliates who put children and families first.


“Fox also seems content to air programming that no responsible advertiser would want to be associated with.  Last night’s broadcast was chock-full of promotions for other Fox-owned products, and the Fox affiliates should take special note of the lack of mainstream sponsorship.  The PTC and its grassroots network of activists will be contacting advertisers around the country that sponsor this program at the national network level and at the local affiliate level.


“The fact that the ‘Osbournes’ received such condemnation from the affiliates before the show even premiered begs the question of why the Fox Standards and Practices Department approved the content of the show in the first place.  Fox affiliates were only shown a short preview before the show aired and yet many still refused to air it, citing that the show aired too many bleeped expletives and that it was scheduled to air after ‘American Idol,’ which has an extremely large audience of children and teens.  For this they are to be commended.


“We encourage Fox either to take the ‘Osbournes’ out of prime time broadcast TV, when millions of children are in the viewing audience, or to drop the show altogether,” Winter concluded.


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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