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PTC to WE tv: No Live Sex Show on Basic Cable

PTC Launches National Petition Calling for WE tv to be Removed from Cable Bundle

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 1/28/2015

LOS ANGELES (January 28, 2015) – The Parents Television Council denounced WE tv’s for forcing families to pay for the network’s new show, “Sex Box,” a new TV series that will feature couples having sex in a (“camera free, soundproof”) box, and then afterwards discussing their experience with a panel of relationship “experts.” The “Sex Box” series will premiere on the advertiser-supported basic cable network on February 27th.

The PTC is also announcing a national petition demanding the removal of WE tv from the cable network bundle.

“In order for a child to watch the Disney Channel, her parents must now also pay for a live sex show on WE tv. Something is terribly, horribly broken in the marketplace when an industry is capable of making that happen,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“A live sex show on TV is something that might show up on a premium cable network. But in an affront to all families, WE tv is bringing that content to basic cable and potentially exposing millions of children in the process. If some adults want to watch a program like that, let them pay for it. But forcing it into the basic cable bundle and making parents and families pay for it is an outrage. ‘Sex Box’ should never see the light of day on basic cable.

“Families are overwhelmed by today’s toxic entertainment media environment, and a program like ‘Sex Box’ will only cause a further erosion of standards on broadcast and basic cable television. No doubt the network’s promotions team will try to spin the program as some sort of sophisticated, enlightening, reality show. And no doubt other network programmers will see it as the next content boundary that needs to be crossed.

“In addition to warning parents, the PTC is inviting its members, as well as other concerned Americans, to sign a national petition (found at http://www.parentstv.org/stopsexbox) demanding the removal of WE tv from the cable network bundle. We will also be holding publicly to account every single corporation that chooses to underwrite the program with its advertising dollars. Sponsors need to be aware that actions have consequences, and we’ll see to it that they do.”

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.

Visit the new PTC Watchdog Blog at www.parentstv.org/blog.

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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.