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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2010


PTC Pushes FCC to Get Tough on Indecency

 

LOS ANGELES (August 24, 2010) – The Parents 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.

 

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