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Press Release

“Rudolph” Lead-In to Lingerie on CBS

Release Date: 12/9/2014

LOS ANGELES (December 9, 2014) – The Parents Television Council is asking CBS to be respectful of family audiences tuning in to watch the broadcast of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” scheduled to air tonight at 8/7c. Adult-themed material – including the often graphic “NCIS” as well as the “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” a special featuring models wearing lingerie – will air later tonight. The PTC is also issuing a warning to parents to be mindful of the close proximity of adult-themed content to the perennial family favorite, “Rudolph.”

“Last month, when ABC aired a graphic sex scene on ‘Scandal’ literally seconds after the conclusion of a Charlie Brown special, we likened the proximity to a peep show next to a playground. Let’s hope that CBS has learned from this and will be better, as they schedule adult-themed material after tonight’s annual broadcast of ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.’ CBS should refrain from airing any promotions of the routinely-graphic ‘NCIS’ or the always-racy ‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’ during the ‘Rudolph’ broadcast,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Obviously, the network is going after different audiences with these three shows, but it would violate the trust of families if the innocent holiday special is interrupted with promos featuring gory corpses or scantily-clad lingerie models. While we continue to object to a network-sponsored lingerie ‘special’ on the publicly-owned airwaves, we call on CBS to take every precaution to help parents protect children from such dramatically different fare that is airing in adjacent time slots.”


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.