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Press Release

October 2, 2009

Best New Comedy from CBS: Their 3rd Circuit Brief


LOS ANGELES (October 2, 2009) – The Parents Television Council® responded to CBS’ filing in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the indecent 2004 Super Bowl Janet Jackson halftime show.  Among other claims, the CBS brief suggests that the FCC is prolonging the Janet Jackson indecency issue and that the public airwaves are no longer uniquely pervasive.


“The CBS legal eagles write better jokes than their network comedy writers.  It is not the FCC that’s ‘prolonging’ this case.  It is CBS, with their unending nonsensical appeals,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


Either broadcasting is unique or it is not.  In their brief CBS argues that their medium isn’t special, yet they claim the opposite to their advertisers, demanding a higher CPM rate precisely because their signal is uniquely pervasive.   


“Just because there has been a proliferation of other forms of media doesn’t mean that broadcasting is any less pervasive or invasive than it was in 1978.  In fact, it is more so.


“CBS and the other broadcast networks have abandoned any false pretense of merely wanting to know what the rules are.  They want there to be no rules whatsoever. They are trying to create the ability to air this type of content again in the future.   


“All the bombastic legal spin in the world does not give CBS cover for what they aired, and it is pathetic that they continue to make these absurd claims. If they don’t like the terms of their broadcast licenses which gives them use of a multi-billion dollar, uniquely pervasive, publicly-owned asset for free, then they should pay for the spectrum like other communication platforms do.”


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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