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Press Release

PTC Condemns CW Network for Plans to Air Un-cut Episode of “Reign’s” Sex Scenes Online

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 3/6/2014

LOS ANGELES (March 6, 2014) – The Parents Television Council condemned the CW Network for its plans to give children online access to a more sexually explicit version of tonight’s episode of “Reign” by adding in scenes that the network’s own standards department cut and then posting the episode on the channel’s web site tomorrow, without age verification mechanisms.

“The CW Network is doing parents no favors by allowing children unfettered access to sexual content from this young adult and teen-targeted show online. It’s appalling that a broadcast network would flaunt broadcast standards in this manner and the network should be condemned for this action,” said Dan Isett, PTC director of communications and policy.

“This is nothing more than a network ploy to increase attention for its show, but it comes at the expense of children. Anyone with common sense should realize that online standards for broadcast networks should be the same as they are on television. There’s a reason that the CW Network’s own standards department cut the two sex scenes from the broadcast version – they weren’t appropriate for television. So what makes them appropriate to post online where presumably children will be able to watch them with no rating or blocking capability? Nothing. The CW Network should be ashamed.”

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 1.4 million members, 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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To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at kelly@kellyoliverpr.com.