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PTC Applauds HBO Move to Stop Offering Porn but Urges Corporate Parent AT&T to Extend Porn Removal to DirecTV

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 8/29/2018

LOS ANGELES (August 29, 2018) – The Parents Television Council applauded HBO and its corporate parent, AT&T, for removing the pornographic content from its platform, but urged AT&T to make the same move by removing X-rated pornographic content from DirecTV.

“AT&T’s HBO made a wise decision to remove pornographic content, even citing that ‘there wasn’t strong demand for this kind of adult programming.’ While that is a huge positive step forward, the same logic should also extend to AT&T-owned DirecTV, which still offers hardcore pornographic content to subscribers,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“How can a company that says it is built on responsibility continue to deliver and profit from pornography? How much does DirecTV porn really increase the earnings per share? Is this a reasonable tradeoff for a so-called responsible company?

“Given that AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson was the 36th National President of the Boy Scouts, it’s hard to reconcile that role with the DirecTV pornographic lineup. Are the explicit pornographic titles on DirecTV about grandmothers, mothers, or stepsisters what he wants his scouts to be thinking of?

“Mr. Stephenson should follow the leadership of fellow Texas businessman Bob Rowling who removed porn from his Omni Hotels chain.

“AT&T should use the same business rationale and remove pornographic content from DirecTV. Anything less is a halfhearted commitment to corporate responsibility.”

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.