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Press Release

PTC Statement on DOJ Lawsuit Against AT&T

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 11/2/2016

LOS ANGELES (November 2, 2016) – The Parents Television Council responded to the news that the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against AT&T, “alleging that its DirecTV television unit orchestrated an illegal campaign to block wide carriage of the television channel owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers,” according to the Los Angeles Times .

“The simple solution to this mess is to allow those video subscribers who want to purchase the Dodgers network the ability to do so. End of story. But time and again, the greedy cable cabal forces carriage of channels that consumers may not want to watch – or pay for. This case is emblematic of what’s currently wrong with the Pay-TV industry, and we hope that this lawsuit paves the way for more consumer choice,” 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