The Parents Television Council heralded its support for Cablevision’s antitrust lawsuit against Viacom for the forced bundling of cable networks. PTC President Tim Winter issued the following statement:“We are overjoyed at today’s announcement that Cablevision is seeking the relief that consumers – and especially families – have long been waiting for. In a free marketplace, consumers – not the programmers – would be able to decide for themselves which cable networks they want to purchase.
"We are heartened by the initial flurry of comments coming from within the cable industry. What they have been telling us privately for years is now being said publicly and on-the-record for the first time.
"We call on other cable distributors to join with Cablevision, and we call on the other conglomerate bundlers of cable programming, like NBC Universal, Disney, News Corp and others, to respond to market demand and finally give meaningful choices to cable consumers.”
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 and 56 chapters 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.
To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Liz Krieger at (703) 683-5004 ext. 120 or Katie Glenn at (703) 683-5004, ext. 144