LOS ANGELES (June 22, 2010) – The Parents Television Council® joined with several family groups in offering public comments to the Federal Communications Commission regarding the proposed Comcast-NBC Universal merger. PTC was joined by the American Family Association, Focus on the Family, Citizens for Community Values, Reclaim our Culture Kentuckiana and the Coalition for Marriage and Family in raising serious concerns about Comcast’s role in the proliferation of adult entertainment.
The groups called for the FCC’s careful scrutiny of Comcast under the character requirements of the broadcast licensing agreement and outlined the concessions Comcast would need to make in order to serve the public interest. The PTC also called on the FCC to impose on Comcast a condition to the merger that it disclose the amount of revenue it derives from the distribution of pornographic and/or “adult” entertainment products.
“Comcast is one of the most far-reaching distributors of pornography in the communities it serves, raising serious questions about whether the company meets the character and public interest obligations required of each company that holds a broadcast license. As if competition and consumer choice issues that would inevitably be created by the Comcast-NBCU behemoth aren’t enough, this issue is yet another reason why the merger must be carefully scrutinized by the FCC,” said PTC President Tim Winter.
“The Commission should move swiftly to impose a condition on the merger that Comcast make its profits on adult entertainment public. It should also force Comcast to stipulate that it absolutely will not use the public airwaves to distribute pornographic material. Without such conditions, the Commission should not approve a transaction which transfers so many broadcast licenses. The public interest demands no less,” Winter concluded.