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Press Release

PTC Commends CBS’ Grammys Broadcast

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 2/14/2017

LOS ANGELES (February 13, 2017) – The Parents Television Council commended CBS for ensuring harsh profanity wasn’t aired during the Grammys broadcast.

"I've been asked a number of times for a comment on last night's Grammy Award broadcast on CBS -- in particular the situation with Adele's appearance,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

"CBS and its team should be commended for being on top of things and dropping the profane audio from the broadcast. The evening's harshest profanities never made it to air, and for that we are grateful.

"I understand what led to Adele's emotional -- and yes, profane -- verbal outburst during her intensely personal tribute to George Michael. Obviously, such profanity wasn't appropriate for the time and place; but she immediately recognized that and immediately said so. I applaud Adele for her numerous heartfelt apologies, as well as for her moving tribute to Mr. Michael.

"We call on all of the broadcast networks to be equally as diligent with their live broadcasts as CBS was last evening. And in so doing, broadcasters might broaden their audience to include millions of viewers who, but for the seemingly-ubiquitous profanity, would otherwise watch live award shows."

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