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Mickey Mouse’s New Sibling is American Horror Story: Why the Disney-Fox Merger is Bad for Families

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 12/14/2017

LOS ANGELES (December 14, 2017) – The Parents Television Council issued a statement in response to the Disney-Fox merger news, and offered a new take on what this new merger would hold for families.

“While Disney’s acquisition of the 21st Century Fox assets might be good for shareholders and good for corporate ROI, it opens a Pandora’s Box of vexing concerns for parents and families,” said PTC president Tim Winter.

These concerns include:

1. “The merged company will own a much larger number of cable networks, therefore giving the conglomerate even more economic leverage to force its programming into the cable bundle at even higher prices. Sadly for all cable/satellite consumers, price hikes are inevitable."

2. “Media conglomerates have trended towards increasing the volume of explicit content on TV shows, and a Disney-Fox merger would be no different. Just look at the fact that Disney will now own FX and FXX – content on which delves into the explicit soft-core porn territory. This is extremely troubling for families. In recent years, only the smaller, independent programmers are filling the huge void by providing safe and uplifting content for families. "

3. “This merger will allow Disney to extend its model of bundled programming from cable/satellite distribution platforms onto newer and emerging digital media distribution platforms. The digital media platforms were supposed to be the great equalizer and be better for families. But for Disney-Fox, this is about creating a new bundle on a new platform, thereby inhibiting the ability of consumers to choose and pay for only the programming they want."

4. “Most importantly, the new digital media bundle that will be created as a result of this merger will bring Disney’s Mickey Mouse and FX’s American Horror Storytogether under one roof where kids will inevitably have access to both the innocent programs meant for them and the extremely graphic and grotesque TV shows that are not. Our recent research

“We urge the federal regulatory agencies with oversight this Disney-Fox merger – likely DOJ – to make a thorough and careful review to ensure that the unique needs of children and families, and indeed the public overall, are prioritized over the corporate interests,” Winter concluded.

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.