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Press Release

PTC Calls on CBS to Ensure a Family-Friendly Super Bowl Viewing Experience

Release Date: 1/31/2019

LOS ANGELES (January 29, 2019) – The Parents Television Council is calling on CBS to ensure that the Super Bowl broadcast is safe for the millions of children and families who will be in the viewing audience on Sunday.

“We want to remind CBS to take the word ‘broadcast’ literally, and to ensure that the Super Bowl, its halftime show and postgame activity, are all safe and appropriate for the largest and widest viewing audience of the year. Millions of children will be part of that audience. We are counting on CBS to prevent f-bombs or wardrobe malfunctions from reaching living rooms across our nation,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“In recent months, CBS and their broadcast standards team have done a superb job to ensure that a five-second delay is in place for awards shows, thereby allowing the quick removal of graphic or indecent material. And the Fox Broadcast Network stepped up their game after an on-field, post-game, expletive made it to air earlier in the year. We applaud those determined efforts and call on CBS to redouble its commitment. We also urge advertisers to make sure their ads are appropriate for the families who will be watching.”

For tips on how parents and grandparents can safely watch the Super Bowl together, please visit the PTC’s TV Watchdog Blog.

The Parents Television Council® ( 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