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PTC: “The Walking Dead” Demonstrates Why Families Need Cable Choice

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 10/24/2016

LOS ANGELES (October 24, 2016) – The Parents Television Council called for greater consumer Cable Choice, following the season premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead last night.

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“Last night’s season premiere of The Walking Dead was one of the most graphically violent shows we’ve ever seen on television, comparable to the most violent of programs found on premium cable networks. It’s not enough to ‘change the channel,’ as some people like to advocate, because cable subscribers – regardless of whether they want AMC or watch its programming – are still forced to subsidize violent content. This brutally-explicit show is a powerful demonstration of why families should have greater control over the TV networks they purchase from their cable and satellite providers,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“For those who say there is no societal impact from media, I urge them to contemplate the presidential election for a few minutes. And while The Walking Dead has found unquestionable Nielsen success for a cable program, most Americans do not want that kind of ultra-graphic and violent content coming into their homes. But if they want to watch a football game on Sunday night, or if they want to watch the Chicago Clubs clinch their first Pennant in three generations, or if they want to watch news coverage of the election, they are forced to underwrite The Walking Dead as part of their programming bundle.

“Programs with violent content are proven to be harmful, especially to children; and most parents agree that having greater control over violent content coming into their homes is vital to protecting their family. When a basic cable network like AMC edges or even surpasses the premium networks in terms of explicit content, consumers must be afforded more control over which networks they purchase and which networks they don’t.”

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