• FCC Broadcast Indecency Ruling Is A Victory for Families

    by  • March 23, 2015 • Broadcast Decency, Television • 4 Comments


    The Parents Television Council responded to today’s FCC announcement that it has fined CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, VA, $325,000 for violating the broadcast indecency law.

    “On behalf of our members, and indeed on behalf of millions of Americans across our nation who are concerned about the coarsening of their publicly-owned airwaves, we applaud today’s announcement from the FCC that a broadcaster is being fined for violating the broadcast indecency law.  The FCC’s unanimous and bipartisan ruling is a victory for families, and it serves as a powerful reminder to broadcasters who borrow the public’s airwaves that they must abide by the law,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

    “We applaud and thank FCC Chairman Wheeler, and FCC Commissioners Clyburn, O’Rielly, Pai and Rosenworcel, for honoring their respective promises to enforce the law. But we also remind them that today must not be the conclusion of indecency enforcement; rather it must be just the beginning of FCC enforcement action.

    “For the last several years, the FCC has failed to enforce the law – even when broadcasters have aired explicit and disgusting content, like gang rape, child molestation, and a man masturbating a horse. Hundreds of thousands of public complaints remain to be adjudicated.

    “We fought for – and secured – a Supreme Court victory affirming the FCC’s regulatory oversight of the public airwaves in the public interest. While we express our gratitude to the FCC for acting on its congressionally-mandated duty to enforce the law, we also urge the FCC to continue to heed the voices of the American people who are rightly concerned about indecent radio and television broadcasts and its impact on children.”



    Ms. Henson is a noted expert on entertainment industry trends and the how the impact of entertainment affects children and the American popular culture at large. She also directs the organization’s Advertiser Accountability Campaign, which encourages companies to sponsor family-friendly entertainment. She previously supervised the research and program content analysis operations of the PT and produced a number of groundbreaking PTC studies that document the levels of graphic sex, violence and profanity on television. Some of those reports include: The Ratings Sham I & II, Dying to Entertain, Faith in a Box, The Sour Family Hour, The Blue Tube, and TV Bloodbath. She began her career with the PTC in 1997 as an entertainment analyst, documenting instances of inappropriate content on television. Ms. Henson has appeared on a variety of television shows including Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, The Big Story, CNN Headline News’ ShowBiz Tonight, CNBC’s On the Money, MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, and CBN’s Newswatch. She is a frequent guest on radio talk shows across the country and has been quoted extensively in news sources such asEntertainment Weekly, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Variety, Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg. Ms. Henson is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a BA in Government. She resides in Falls Church, Va., with her husband and their son.

    4 Responses to FCC Broadcast Indecency Ruling Is A Victory for Families

    1. CaraBiner
      April 8, 2015 at 8:07 am

      This should extend to teasers aired over and over during other shows. ABC took the steamiest and most provocative scenes and turned it into a commercial for the show. Parents have no control over when these pop up. The Scandal commercials need to be toned down. I don’t want my kids seeing the “come here to me” scene with Kerry Washington naked wrapped around Scott Foley. And Scott Foley saying ” you come here to have sex but you’re in love with another man.” Overt sex insinuations shown during an adult show is one thing, but when played often during other shows it’s a problem!

      • Daniel Belgrae
        April 17, 2015 at 12:37 pm

        Great Ideal!

    2. Antiageist
      April 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      All you guys do is teach that children are inferior beings who somehow can’t handle a cuss word here or there or a sex reference. Let children decide what they want to watch. If they can’t handle it well that’s their problem.

      It isn’t the job of a government agency to enforce your moral standards!

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        April 6, 2015 at 8:16 am

        So: should we also let children smoke cigarettes, use heroin, and own firearms? After all, “if they can’t handle it well that’s their problem,” right?

        And we even have LAWS against selling guns, tobacco, liquor, and drugs to children! Guess some people think it IS the job of the government to enforce some moral standards.

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