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Press Release

January 23, 2011


PTC Tips Its Hat to H&R Block for Bowing Out of “Skins”  


LOS ANGELES (January 23, 2010) – The Parents Television Council ™ thanked H&R Block for taking steps to ensure that no future advertisements will air on MTV’s new scripted series “Skins.” The company told TMZ the show does not fit their brand and the ad in the premiere episode ran by mistake.

“On behalf of parents and families across America, we extend our thanks to H&R Block for moving swiftly to ensure that no future advertisements air on a show that includes teen alcohol or teen drug references more than once per minute of airtime,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“We’re beginning to wonder which companies actually wanted to sponsor ‘Skins’ after hearing from both H&R Block and General Motors that neither intended to advertise on the program. MTV’s PR department has been busy touting their ‘ongoing dialogue’ with their sponsors, but are there other advertisers who were unwitting participants in the program?

“We will continue to monitor every broadcast and every rebroadcast of ‘Skins’ so that we can inform the public which corporations are underwriting underage teen sex, underage teen drug use and underage teen alcohol use,” Winter concluded.

To date, H&R Block, Wrigley, General Motors, and Taco Bell have all decided they will no longer be sponsoring the program. PTC members and other concerned citizens are currently contacting Subway regarding their sponsorship of the program via email messages and hand delivered letters to local franchises.


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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