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PTC Urges Senate Commerce to Ask FCC Two Pressing Questions That Concern Families

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 9/13/2016

LOS ANGELES (September 13, 2016) – Ahead of Thursday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing at which the Federal Communications Commission Chairman and Commissioners will testify, the Parents Television Council urged the Committee to ask two pressing questions concerning the Broadcast Indecency Law, and TV Content Ratings Reform.

The two questions are as follows:

1) In March 2015, WDBJ-TV was fined for violating the broadcast indecency law. What is the status of this ruling?

2) The TV Content Ratings System has failed to protect children from harmful adult content such as sex, violence and profanity. What steps are you taking to ensure that the system becomes accurate, consistent, transparent, and accountable to the public?

“While the FCC unanimously decided to fine WDBJ-TV for violating the broadcast indecency law, here we are, almost 18 months later, not knowing if that ruling was ever finalized or if the fine was ever collected. Families expect the broadcast indecency law to be enforced,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Likewise, families expect that the tools provided by the entertainment industry to block explicit content are working.

Our research and other academic research has found that the TV Content Ratings System, including the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board, is failing to serve those for whom it was created – parents. The FCC holds ultimate oversight to ensure the system’s accuracy and accountability, and it is time for that oversight to be engaged.

We urge the Senate Commerce Committee to get answers from the FCC on these two questions that are of great concern to families.”

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