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Press Release

June 4, 2010


PTC Calls Out Fox for Ignoring FCC Indecency Probe over Graphic ‘American Dad’ Episode


LOS ANGELES (June 4, 2010) – The Parents Television Council™ praised the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for getting tough with Fox regarding a shocking “American Dad” episode that aired on January 3, 2010 at 9:30 pm ET/PT and 8:30 pm CT/MT. The FCC has proposed a $25,000 fine against the network for failing to provide the information it requested about an episode that featured a man masturbating a horse, which resulted in over 100,000 indecency complaints.

“Fox’s refusal even to respond to the FCC on this important indecency matter is phenomenally arrogant. They are ignoring a demand for information from the very agency that grants them a license to be in business. This is just the latest example of the TV networks’ utter distain for the broadcast decency law, not to mention parents and families,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


“Just because Fox doesn’t want to abide by the law, it is inexcusable that they should get away with ducking questions in an investigation to determine whether the law was broken. We praise the FCC for acting in the public interest and urge the Commission to revoke the licenses of broadcasters who refuse to comply with the terms of those licenses,” Winter said.

“While the networks are beating their chests in court and fighting for the right to air the most profane words in the English language and graphic sexual content at any time of day, it’s high time for a stern reminder that the law is still the law and they are required to follow it. We hope this signals that the FCC is serious about clearing out the backlog of better than 1.4 million indecency complaints now pending before the Commission,” 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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