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Press Release

PTC Joins Coalition to Save Local Media in Supporting Media Ownership Restrictions

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 11/8/2017

LOS ANGELES (November 8, 2017) – The Parents Television Council has joined the Coalition to Save Local Media in opposing the proposed Sinclair-Tribune merger, and increased media consolidation in general.

“The Parents Television Council is adding its voice to a very important choir – a choir that is chiming for stronger, not weaker, community standards. Today we announce our formal alliance with the bipartisan Coalition to Save Local Media. Our goal is to bring greater national attention to the issue of media ownership and to the FCC’s stated goal of allowing more local media outlets to be owned and controlled by distant corporations. In furtherance of that goal, we will be calling on our members to encourage our elected and appointed government officials to serve the public interest ahead of the corporate interest,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“For fifteen years, the PTC has correlated an increase in graphic, explicit, violent and profane television content with an increase in the consolidation of media ownership. Even worse, we have documented an increase in harmful, explicit content being rated by conglomerate-owned distributors as appropriate for children to watch. When local broadcasters are owned by corporate behemoths that are based hundreds, or even thousands, of miles away, the inevitable result is that local, community standards aren’t just ignored, they’re obliterated.

“But let me by crystal clear: this issue is not just about Sinclair’s proposed acquisition of Tribune Media. This issue is about the loss of local, public accountability for the use – or abuse – of the public airwaves. Opening the ownership floodgates may benefit one side of the political aisle in the immediate term; but those floodgates are likely to result in bipartisan disaster over the longer term. If the FCC delivers on its promise to weaken existing media ownership restrictions, children and families will become collateral damage as too-big-to-fail media powerhouses duke it out.

“A decade-and-a-half ago, the PTC’s founder, Brent Bozell, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with a remarkably diverse group of public policy advocates to oppose the loosening of media ownership rules. Surrounded by what may be the strangest of bedfellows in the history of public policy in Washington -- the National Organization for Women and Concerned Women for America; the Salvation Army and Common Cause; the National Rifle Association and MoveOn.org – Brent offered the following observation: ‘When all these groups are united on the same issue, then one of two things has happened: either the earth has spun off its axis and we have all lost our minds, or there is universal support for a concept.’

“That concept was of vital importance then, and it is of even greater importance today.”

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.