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Press Release

PTC Applauds the Cancellation of Fox’s “ADHD” Programming Block

Release Date: 4/17/2014

LOS ANGELES (April 17, 2014) – The Parents Television Council welcomed the news that Fox Broadcasting has decided to cancel its “Animation Domination High-Def” (ADHD) programming block, and praised the efforts of parents and families across the country for raising their voices.

According to Broadcasting & Cable , “Some [Fox affiliates] had tired of fielding calls from upset viewers.”

“Parents and families across the country rose up and called on their local Fox affiliates not to air ‘ADHD’ because of the violent and sexually explicit content, which routinely used familiar and beloved children’s characters as tropes. We congratulate our members on their activism which has led Fox Broadcasting to make this wise decision,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

Last July, the PTC issued an urgent call to parents and to advertisers to be warned of the very concerning content that was to be aired on ‘ADHD.’ Media reports have suggested that Fox made this programming change because their affiliates were receiving complaints from the public about ‘ADHD’ content, as well as a reported lack of revenue generated by the program.

“Though heartened by today’s announcement, we still have much work to do. The Fox-owned ‘ADHD’ website, as well as its YouTube channel, are saturated with explicit animated videos, many of which exploit popular, child-friendly cartoon characters. And it appears that Fox will continue to use its broadcast license, and the publicly owned airwaves, through June to promote the ‘ADHD’ online video programming. Just this week, we issued a call for Fox to remove the explicit video, ‘Easter Bunny’s Coming’ from YouTube,” Winter continued.

The video short, which is produced and copyrighted by Fox Broadcasting Network, contains graphic cartoon images of fornicating rabbits, multiple unbleeped “f-words,” harsh references to male sexual anatomy and vulgar slang for ejaculation.

“We are pleased that Fox has canceled the broadcast component of ‘ADHD.’ This decision, albeit just a big first step, is a clear victory for parents and families. We will continue to hold Fox Broadcasting, and its advertisers, publicly accountable for any continued breach of the public trust,” Winter concluded.

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.