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Press Release

PTC Statement on FCC Review of Kid Vid Rules

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 4/30/2018

LOS ANGELES (April 30, 2018) – The Parents Television Council issued a statement and a full analysis about the FCC’s planned agency review of the “Kid Vid Rules” that impose minimum educational and information programming guidelines on television broadcasters.
(See full analysis)

“I applaud FCC Commissioner O’Rielly’s leadership in reviewing broadcast rules that no longer may be necessary, but let’s not throw the baby out with the deregulatory water. The airwaves are a public asset valued at over half a trillion dollars. Broadcasters use our airwaves for free, as long as their use ‘serves the public interest,’” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“While numerous video platforms are indeed available to children today, economically disadvantaged families still rely heavily on broadcasting. Requiring a TV station to air educational programming 3 out of 168 hours per week seems a modest price for free use of a half-trillion-dollar asset. 

“A review of the rules is absolutely in order and we should simplify them for the times. An honest review might demand more, not fewer, hours of educational TV.

“If broadcasters find their public interest obligation to be so burdensome, perhaps Americans should ask them instead to pay fair market value for our airwaves.”

Read the PTC’s full analysis about potential changes to the “Kid Vid Rules.”

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.