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PTC President Praises NBC’s Grant Tinker for Commitment to ‘Commonsense Standards of Decency’

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 12/2/2016

LOS ANGELES (December 1, 2016) – The Parents Television Council President Tim Winter issued a statement regarding the passing of former NBC Chairman and CEO Grant Tinker:

“’First be best, then be first.’ Grant Tinker’s prescient guidance to the NBC affiliates in the 1980s still holds true today, and it applies to almost every aspect of our human existence.

“When I started my career as a Senior Budget Analyst at NBC in January of 1982, Mr. Tinker was the CEO. I probably only spoke with him personally a half-dozen times, but his extraordinary leadership was present every single day and was felt by each of the several thousand employees at the network.

“Smart, optimistic and always humble, Mr. Tinker had an extraordinary gift of balancing what would appear to be competing interests. For instance, he was able to nurture the creative community to be bolder, and the result was more realistic – and definitely more edgy – primetime programming. Yet he also understood that his broadcast signal was reaching people inside their homes, and therefore he was committed to commonsense standards of decency. He boldly fired Howard Stern from the NBC Radio Network after hearing Stern’s lewd and explicit program. Mr. Tinker knew full-well that Stern would move to a competitor and take a lucrative listening audience with him; but he was more concerned about what NBC stood for.

“Mr. Tinker’s unwavering commitment to excellence resulted in a tenfold increase in profit for the network, and he set the company on a successful path that continued for many years after his departure. His management theory was to hire the best people to do the job and then get out of their way. Some business schools might consider crafting a course around his career.

“I wish we had more Grant Tinkers in our world today. Sadly, we’ve lost the one and only.”

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