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Press Release

PTC Responds to FCC’s KidVid Constitutionality Concerns

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 10/25/2018

LOS ANGELES (October 25, 2018) – The Parents Television Council today issued the following statement in response to FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly’s comments last night at the Media Institute's Free Speech America gala in Washington, as reported by Broadcasting & Cable.

“In our formal Reply Comment, we called for the KidVid NPRM process to cease; and for the FCC instead to ‘engage in a more thorough, deliberative, comprehensive and strategic review process, including public hearings.’ In light of the constitutional concerns publicly expressed last night by Commissioner O’Rielly, the FCC has no choice but to do exactly what we have called for,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“If the underlying statute – the Children’s Television Act of 1990 – is unconstitutional, then any effort to tweak it, or any effort to tweak existing FCC rules that are based upon it, through this NPRM process is a complete and utter waste of time, not to mention a waste of taxpayer dollars. Debating rule modifications for an unconstitutional statute makes as much sense as debating the arrangement of deck chairs on the Titanic.

“We believe that the terms of CTA are reasonable contractual consideration for FCC licensees to use the public airwaves. We believe the statute would pass constitutional muster. But if it won’t, then broadcast licensees should file suit and allow our judiciary system to render a decision. Either way, any consideration of KidVid rule changes demands a regulatory review process that exceeds the scope of this NPRM.”

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.