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Press Release

PTC Applauds FCC for Enforcing Broadcast Indecency Law

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 4/5/2017

LOS ANGELES (April 5, 2017) – Today, the Parents Television Council applauded the announcement of a consent decree entered into between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the corporate owner of radio station WSKQ-FM in New York, whereby the station will pay a $10,000 fine to settle allegations that it aired legally indecent material between the hours of 6am-10pm. Members of the public filed a formal complaint with the FCC alleging that WSKQ-FM in New York aired a song describing how a man desired to have “perverse sexual relations.”

(Read consent decree)

“The PTC applauds the FCC’s action to hold a broadcaster publicly to account for violating the longstanding broadcast indecency law. This announcement today should serve as a serious shot across the bow for all broadcast stations, whether they be radio or television, reminding them that the airwaves are public property. Broadcasters borrow the airwaves from the public for free; and in exchange for a broadcast license, they promise to serve the public interest. Congress, the FCC and the courts have all agreed that a broadcaster’s public interest obligation requires licensees not to air legally indecent material at times when children are likely to be in the audience,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“We are heartened that the FCC under its new chairman, Ajit Pai, has moved so quickly to establish its commitment to enforcing the broadcast indecency law. While we would have preferred to have the FCC adjudicate this case on its merits, clearly the enforcement bureau deemed the complaint worthy of action. This ‘plea bargain’ deal puts all broadcasters on notice that the law will be enforced. That law applies both to radio and TV broadcasters, regardless of the language used to communicate the indecent content.”

The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org) 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 kelly@kellyoliverpr.com.