“May I also remind you that it is the affiliate, not the CW network, that will bear the financial burden of an FCC fine should any of the content of the November 9th episode be found to violate broadcast decency laws.
“Finally, you must ask yourself, how does airing this program serve your obligation to serve the public interest?
“In a declaratory ruling last year, the FCC affirmed affiliates' ability to pre-empt any network programming that is ‘unsatisfactory or unsuitable or contrary to the public interest.’ The record on this is clear: contracts between networks and their affiliates may not legally prevent preemption of programming that does not meet local community standards. As a station manager you not only have a right, but an obligation to preempt programs like ‘Gossip Girl’ that fail to meet that standard.
“Please be advised that the PTC will monitor this episode very closely. Our members will not hesitate to contact local and national advertisers; and if this program violates broadcast decency law, rest assured that our members will contact the Federal Communications Commission.”