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Press Release

June 10, 2011


MTV’s ‘Skins’ Canceled: PTC Marks End of ‘Most Dangerous’ TV Show for Kids  


LOS ANGELES (June 10, 2011) – The Parents Television Council® marked the end of MTV’s “Skins” following the network announcement that it was canceling the program after just one season.

“MTV’s decision to put ‘Skins’ on the air was a programming failure of cataclysmic proportions. The network marketed the show to kids and then lied. The producers admitted to delivering kids to advertisers and then lied about their intentions. Advertisers openly supported the show until they were called out for underwriting some of the most graphic portrayals of teen sex and glamorized drug and alcohol abuse that we have ever seen on television,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

Based on MTV’s direct marketing of “Skins” to young viewers even before the premiere, PTC called the program “the most dangerous television show for children that we have ever seen.” As the season began, PTC urged the U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees, the Department of Justice and state attorneys general to open an investigation regarding child pornography and exploitation. PTC also orchestrated a research and advocacy campaign to call out each advertiser that appeared on the show, and applauded the numerous companies that agreed the content did not resonate with their corporate image.

“Season one of ‘Skins’ was so full of explicit content, viewers were treated to some form of sex, violence, drugs, alcohol, or profanity once every 22 seconds of air time. Graphic sexual content was the most pervasive, followed by drug-related references and depictions. It took 53 episodes of broadcast programming to find the equivalent amount of drug content that aired in only eight ‘Skins’ episodes,” said Winter.

“The shocking content was trumped only by the fact that the program featured teenage actors and was marketed to teenage children. We are grateful to every member of the public who helped us drive an economic stake through the graphic content on the program, the likes of which never deserves to see the light of day again,” 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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