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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2010


 

PTC Applauds FCC Appeal of Fox Indecency Ruling

 

LOS ANGELES (August 26, 2010) – The Parents Television Councilpraised the Federal Communications Commission for its appeal of the Second Circuit ruling in the Fox v. FCC case.

 

“The FCC’s challenge of the Second Circuit ruling is an important step in the right direction. Without further court action, the Second Circuit ruling would kick down the door for indecent content to be aired at any time of day over the public airwaves – even in front of children,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

 

“The importance of the broadcast decency law has become abundantly apparent as the broadcast networks demonstrate their desire to push ever-more graphic content at all times of the day. The airwaves have become a battleground for networks to out-cuss, out-sex and out-gore each other; and sadly it is children and families who are in the crossfire.

 

“A Rasmussen poll released this summer showed that 57 percent of Americans think there is too much inappropriate content on television. In a related poll, Americans favored FCC enforcement of broadcast decency rules by a 21 point margin (55 percent vs. 34 percent).

 

“The equity of the broadcast decency law balances the needs of parents and families on the one hand, and those who desire more explicit fare on the other hand. It doesn’t forbid the networks from airing indecent content, but simply puts commonsense time of day constraints in place.

 

“In addition to this appeal, the FCC should also force broadcasters to join the broadcast decency dialogue. After arguing for years that they would follow decency guidelines if they understood what those guidelines were, the truth is that the broadcasters have no desire for clarity. Rather, they want no rules whatsoever. And it is clear they will not exercise even reasonable restraint unless their advertisers revolt or unless they are legally mandated to do so.

 

“Our justice system must move quickly to correct the Second Circuit ruling and reaffirm the FCC’s statutory authority,” 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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