FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2012
Applauds Supreme Court for Siding with Decency Law
Urges FCC to Clear Out More
Than 1.5 Million Pending Indecency Complaints
LOS ANGELES (June 21, 2012) – Today, the United States Supreme Court
ruled in the Federal Communications Commission v. Fox case. The
Parents Television Council™ praised the Court for refusing to side
with the networks’ years-long campaign to overturn the broadcast
decency law, and upholding the authority of the FCC to enforce
broadcast decency standards between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.,
when children are likely watching.
PTC President Tim Winter issued the following statement:
“Once again the Supreme Court has ruled against the networks in
their years-long campaign to obliterate broadcast decency standards.
Contrary to some erroneous media reports, the Court today did not
strike down the FCC’s broadcast decency policy, but in fact only
ruled against the timing and order of events related to the FCC’s
“The Court today specifically acknowledged the FCC’s ability to
continue broadcast decency enforcement as part of its public
interest obligation. Pacifica is still good law. The FCC must now
rule on the merits of more than 1.5 million backlogged indecency
complaints. The ‘notice’ requirement, which allowed Fox and ABC to
slip off the hook in these two cases at issue today, has already
been satisfied for all the pending complaints.
“Broadcast decency rules have existed to protect children since the
dawn of the broadcast medium. It is for their sake that there will
still be decency rules and the TV networks will be required to abide
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.