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PTC Congratulates Charter on Merger, Urges Company to Fight for Consumer Choice

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 5/18/2016

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LOS ANGELES (May 18, 2016) – The Parents Television Council congratulated Charter on its finalized merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, and urged the company to use this “incredible opportunity to lead in the fight for greater consumer choice.”

“Charter now has an incredible opportunity to lead from a position of strength, and we urge the company to lead in the fight for greater consumer choice of programming that subscribers actually want to watch and pay for. More choice over cable TV programming is the ultimate solution for families and other consumers who don’t want to pay for the increasingly explicit – even pornographic – content that’s offered on basic cable and that used to be only found on premium tiers. Charter has been handed an opportunity based directly on its commitment to serve the public interest and we expect that the company will do just that,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

The Parents Television Council® ( 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