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Last week, we warned you about the return of NBC’s Hannibal – a prime-time TV series, airing on the publicly-owned airwaves at 10:00 p.m. ET (only 9:00 p.m. in the Central/Mountain time zones), in which a...
The Academy Awards are in the books for another year, and there wasn’t much in the way of surprises among the award winners. If you’ve been paying attention to all the other many awards shows thus far this year, you already know that a handful of films have claimed more or less all the...Read more →
One of the media cartel’s favorite tricks is “bait-and-switch”: make pay-TV subscribers think they’re getting one thing, then give them something else. This week, the cable industry has provided yet another demonstration of its arrogant and overbearing behavior.Read more →
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After the Newtown and Aurora shootings, entertainment industry executives talked about their “longstanding commitment” to helping parents protect children from media violence.
And how did one such network — NBC — fulfill that promise?Read more →
Despite being last in its timeslot and one of the lowest-rated dramas on broadcast TV, the grotesque cannibalistic serial killer drama Hannibal is returning for another season by NBC.Read more →
A fundamental tenet of business is first, find out what it is that people want or need; then set about to fill that demand. For years — decades, even — there has been data pointing to a massive, under-served market for family entertainment. The demand was unquestionably...Read more →
VH1’s new show Naked Dating is “all about a noisy, provocative hook, and we embrace that!” boasts network vice-president Susan Levison. Naturally, every cable and satellite subscriber will be forced to pay for the show – whether they watch it or not.Read more →
The Fox Broadcasting network – the same company that told the Federal Communications Commission to “cease attempting broadcast indecency limits once and for all” last year – is now claiming that half a million indecency complaints Americans have filed should be ignored…because 16 were defective.Read more →
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In a desperate attempt at damage control after the Newtown and Aurora shootings, entertainment industry executives met with Vice President Joe Biden in January of last year. They emerged from the meeting claiming they have a “longstanding commitment...Read more →
The news came out late on Wednesday that the two largest cable providers, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, intended to merge in a deal worth more than $44 billion.
There are lots of reasons why this is of deep concern to parents, families and consumers generally, so the PTC released a statement highlighting...Read more →
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“Anyone who thinks the media has nothing to do with this is an idiot.”
That’s what Les Moonves, President of CBS, said in the wake of the school shooting…in Columbine…fifteen years ago!
Since that time, there...Read more →
This past Sunday, the New York Daily News published a hatchet piece on the Parents Television Council written by Don Kaplan. Kaplan wrote in response to my public statement regarding Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. Instead of crafting a cogent column, Kaplan entirely missed the point...Read more →
Movie executive Harvey Weinstein recently vowed to stop producing movies containing graphic violence. In an op-ed the Daily Caller, PTC President Tim Winter applauded Weinstein — but questioned whether this would lead to less movie violence in general.Read more →
Next month, Cartoon Network will begin pushing its “Adult Swim” live-action and animation block at even more young children.Read more →
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It’s common sense that what people see on television influences their thoughts, decisions, and behavior. If it didn’t, why would advertisers spend $74 BILLION advertising their goods and services during 2012? Read more →
Unlike many in the USA, a foreign TV critic demonstrated an appropriate concern for audiences when it comes to Family Guy – even while enjoying the show himself.Read more →
On this, the ten year anniversary of the infamous Janet Jackson Super Bowl halftime show, defenders of Hollywood are already, predictably, working hard to downplay the concerns exhibited by millions of Americans in the immediate aftermath, and the cultural significance of the spontaneous public backlash the event triggered.Read more →
Unless you’re a fan of the New England Patriots or the Carolina Panthers, it’s unlikely you remember very much from Super Bowl XXXVIII, played on February 1, 2004 – except maybe the halftime show. Read more →
An expert on brain development warns of the hazards of video games — particularly in young children.Read more →
PTC President Tim Winter wrote to Don Thompson, President and CEO of McDonalds, calling on McDonalds to re-establish its trust with customers — by sponsoring family-friendly entertainment.Read more →
Supposedly aimed at children ages 2-6, the Nick Jr. cable network drove away most of its viewers with its “NickMom” programming block two years ago. Despite its financial and popular failure, the network remains committed to pushing content totally unacceptable for children.Read more →
Just over a year ago, Intuit, the company behind Quicken and Turbo Tax, was listed by the PTC as among the worst TV sponsors, with its ads appearing to support sexually graphic and extremely violent content. The PTC went before Intuit’s shareholders, board of directors, and corporate officers last January at its annual shareholder...Read more →
Parents Television Council President Tim Winter commended Intuit at its annual shareholders meeting for dramatically changing its TV sponsorship practices over the past year.Read more →
If you grew up in the ‘80s, there’s a good chance you watched The Cosby Show. It was a cultural phenomenon and a ratings juggernaut for NBC for most of its eight-year run. The Cosby Show made for Must-See-TV for millions of households for the better...Read more →