FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2010
Pushes FCC to Get Tough on Indecency
LOS ANGELES (August 24, 2010) – The
Television Council™ responded to the latest brief
that was filed by the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) regarding a February 25, 2003 airing of “NYPD
Blue” on ABC. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals
requested additional briefs in the case following a
ruling issued earlier this summer on broadcast decency
and so-called fleeting profanity.
“It seems the FCC is taking a vacation
from its Congressionally-mandated duty to protect
children by defending and enforcing the broadcast
decency law. The FCC has a duty to vigorously defend the
existing statute, but it has failed to even try in its
latest brief. The Parents Television Council and its
members call on Chairman Genachowski to move quickly to
appeal the so-called fleeting profanity ruling and do
his duty to preserve the indecency statute in the ‘NYPD
Blue’ case. Parents will not stand idly by while the FCC
abdicates its responsibility,” said Dan Isett, Director
of Public Policy for the Parents Television Council.
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.