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 →
(4th in a Series about Media Violence)
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 →
(3rd in a Series about Media Violence)
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 →
(2nd in a Series about Media Violence)
“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 →
(1st in a Series about Media Violence)
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 →