The Parents Television Council issued a stern warning to the IFC Center in New York City requesting that the theater not allow the admittance of children to the NC-17-rated film, Blue Is The Warmest Color, as the theater has presumably been doing.Read more →
We’ve recently been asked by a number of PTC members about why we’ve gone after Fox for some of its programming, when there are a lot of Fox shows that they enjoy, such as The O’Reilly Factor. Here’s the explanation.Read more →
A new study of the media habits of children ages 0 to 8 has documented how children’s media environments and behaviors have changed.Read more →
The Parents Television Council offered congratulations to the new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and new FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, who were confirmed by the U.S. Senate yesterday.Read more →
Kids spend more time engaging with media than any other activity except sleeping. This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines urging parents to restrict their kids’ media time to two hours per day.Read more →
The IFC Center theater in New York City recently announced that it will allow children to see the sexually explicit film Blue Is the Warmest Color…in spite of the fact that the film is rated NC-17 (what used to be called “rated X.”) The PTC opposes IFC’s decision. Read more →
In 1992 the NBC series Seinfeld aired an episode titled “The Contest,” which dealt with masturbation. Despite the theme, through intelligent and creative writing that adults could understand (but children could not) the word was never used, and the behavior was never depicted.
My, how times have changed.Read more →
The PTC’s “4 Every Girl Campaign” praised the efforts of Secret Deodorant’s “Mean Stinks” for holding the “Biggest. Assembly. Ever.” Thursday at schools across the country to combat girl-to-girl bullying.Read more →
In “celebration” of the 300th episode of the ultra-violent and grotesque crime drama CSI, the show’s executive producer recently boasted about the show’s “most disgusting moments,” while openly admitting that “we did get desensitized…and I believe that the audience did, too.”Read more →
In our most recent study, the Parents Television Council found that all but one of NBC’s dramas contain graphic violence, yet all are rated – by NBC itself — as appropriate for 14-year-old children. Read more →
Top TV comedienne Carol Burnett was honored last week with the Mark Twain Award, the Kennedy Center Honors award devoted to humor. As star of The Carol Burnett Show, Ms. Burnett brought clean, family-friendly humor into homes every Saturday night from 1967 to 1979.Read more →
Graphic masturbation, vapid teenage girls, and an explicit and gory decapitation are just some of the reasons the CW’s new show Reign should end – and many of TV’s critics agree.Read more →
The Canadian government has announced that it will require pay-TV providers to allow customers to pay for only those channels they actually watch.Read more →
If you were to check Harley-Davidson’s investors from the past three months, you would find a rather noticeable increase in stock since the season 6 premiere of Sons of Anarchy in September.
I know what you’re thinking: a motorcycle company advertising on a show that’s about a motorcycle gang makes sense. But when according to...Read more →
Last October, Nick Jr. – a pay-TV network which billed itself as a “safe, educational place” for kids ages 2-6 – introduced its NickMom programming block, featuring references to genitalia, sex, drinking, and other inappropriate content. A year later, Nick Jr. is reaping what it sowed: plummeting viewership — and revenue.Read more →
The Hollywood insiders who are pushing “dark” and “edgy” dramas containing ever-more graphic sex, violence, and language love to claim that, as a result, TV is now experiencing some kind of “golden age.” But when it comes to programs most Americans actually watch – especially comedies – this is a lie.Read more →
Premiering last season – and returning for its second season this October 9th – the CW’s program Arrow appears to be a straightforward adaptation of a comic-book character, capitalizing on popular trends in current movies. But is that all it is?Read more →
If it’s there, there must be a demand for it, right?
How many times have you heard that, or similar arguments, offered as justification for the purely gratuitous flesh parade that is network and cable television today? “They’re just providing what the market wants!” “If people didn’t watch, it wouldn’t be there!”
Baloney.Read more →
As smart phones go, Apple products have often been considered to be one of, if not the most family-friendly brand on the market. In response to a customer complaint that “Apple’s role isn’t moral police,” co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs replied, “We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep...Read more →
The president of The Media Institute took to the pages of USA Today on Monday to praise violence in media.
You probably haven’t heard of The Media Institute since not many outside the very small world of DC telecommunications policy wonkery have, but it “exists to foster three goals: freedom of speech, a competitive media...Read more →