The Parents Television Council was founded in 1995 by L. Brent Bozell III as a Hollywood project of the Virginia-based Media Research Center (MRC).
In 1998, the MRC – with the help of PTC cofounder and legendary entertainer Steve Allen – waged a national newspaper advertising campaign calling for the entertainment industry to clean up sex and violence portrayed on prime time television.
By 2000, the PTC had grown its grassroots ranks to 653,000 members and supporters. Since that time, the Parents Television Council has become widely known as the most influential entertainment media watchdog in the nation. In 2001, the PTC began operating independently from MRC.
Now in its 25th year, the PTC maintains a corporate headquarters in Burbank, California, and a Public Policy office in Fairfax, Virginia. More than 1.4 million Americans have joined the Parents Television Council since its establishment. All funding comes from philanthropic support via family foundations and individual private donations.