FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2012
PTC Urges Supreme Court to Halt TV Networks’
Attempt to Obliterate Indecency Law
LOS ANGELES (January 9, 2012) – Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court
will hear arguments in a landmark television decency case involving
the major TV networks. The Parents Television Council® has been
involved in the litigation from the start and is arguing that
broadcast television will become the new Cinemax or HBO, unless the
High Court upholds the decency law.
“The broadcast television networks would not be waging a
decades-long legal battle to secure the right for something they
don’t intend to do. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the
networks, the American people are going to get a rude awakening when
broadcast TV becomes indistinguishable from Cinemax, HBO or
something even more explicit. Children, parents, families and indeed
all Americans deserve better use of the airwaves that they own,”
said PTC President Tim Winter.
“Radio and television broadcasters already have the ability to be as
indecent as they want after 10 p.m. The creative community has
unlimited access to distribute even the most edgy content across
other forms of media. But now the networks are demanding that they
be given the benefits of the free use of the publicly-owned airwaves
without the longstanding public interest obligations that come with
a broadcast license.
“If you play this out beyond contemporary community standards, an
overturning of broadcast decency opens the door for the airing of
hardcore pornography at any time of the day – even when children are
in the audience – so long as the marketplace will support it. How
does that serve the public interest?
“The issue of broadcast decency is of paramount importance to the
American people. The 1,471,912 outstanding complaints dwarf every
other communication the public has with the Federal Communications
Commission combined. Parents and families have done everything they
can to get policymakers’ attention, but they continue to be thwarted
by the legal maneuverings of billion-dollar broadcast corporations.
“Decency rules have existed since the dawn of broadcast media. The
broadcast airwaves are still uniquely pervasive. We urge the High
Court to look past the TV networks’ smokescreen and side with the
public. If the networks get the ‘rights’ they are fighting for, the
harshest profanity and explicit sexual material will be legal on the
publicly-owned airwaves when we know millions of kids are watching,”
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.