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Press Release

June 28, 2010


PTC Applauds Oklahoma State Legislature’s Call for Action on Indecency Complaint Backlog


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (June 28, 2010) - The Parents Television Council™ applauds the members of the Oklahoma State Legislature for calling on the Federal Communications Commission to uphold federal indecency laws and clear out the backlog of over 1.4 million complaints that have yet to be addressed — many of which were filed years ago. 


Ladona Sheets, director of the PTC’s Central Oklahoma Chapter, thanked state legislators for advocating on behalf of the parents and children of Oklahoma. “Thank you to Rep. Paul Wesselhoft for leading this effort to make sure that when people like me and thousands of other PTC members in Oklahoma file FCC complaints and ask our government to enforce the law, our requests are not ignored or forgotten,” Sheets said.   


“We are extremely grateful to all 101 members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives who took action on the indecency complaint backlog by petitioning the FCC to adjudicate the 1.4 million pending complaints. The fact that Oklahoma legislators felt they had to formally ask the FCC to fulfill its Congressionally-mandated duty speaks volumes as to the weight of the problem,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Even more appalling are recent reports indicating that some complaints have been dismissed because the FCC did not act on them within the statute of limitations – a full five years.  This is unacceptable.  The duly-filed complaints of the American people deserve to be addressed by the FCC in a timely manner. While many concerned citizens are waiting anxiously to hear from the sole government agency charged with enforcing the broadcast decency law, parents around the country need to be assured that when the broadcast decency law is broken, there will be consequences. 


“Parents rely on the FCC as the last bastion of safety between their children and the graphic content the broadcast networks fail to stop.  The broadcast decency law is clear: broadcasters must refrain from violating community standards of decency during hours when children are likely to be in the audience. With over 1.4 million unanswered complaints, the very troubling conclusion is that children are not being protected,” Winter concluded.


To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Megan Franko at (703) 859-5054 or Liz Krieger at (703) 683-5004 ext. 120.

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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