• PTC Warns NBC: Kids are Likely to be Watching SNL at 8:30 p.m.

    by  • March 21, 2017 • Broadcast Decency, NBC, Press Release, Ratings Reform • 2 Comments

    The Parents Television Council is reminding NBC to be mindful of the children likely to be watching its upcoming live broadcasts of Saturday Night Live in the nation’s earlier time zones, as the show will air as early as 8:30 pm Pacific.

    “From the ‘Not Ready for Prime-Time Players’ 40 years ago, to clever parodies of the 2016 Clinton-Trump debates, millions of Americans have enjoyed watching Saturday Night Live — and in half the country, it truly is live. But with NBC’s announcement that the entire nation will be watching the same live performance over its final four weeks, we are calling on NBC to be mindful that its one broadcast feed will air outside the ‘Safe Harbor’ for FCC broadcast indecency oversight in the Mountain and Pacific time zones,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

    “Just as NBC anticipates reaching a much bigger and broader viewing audience for SNL with this programming decision, that audience is likely to include children who would not otherwise be watching at 11:30 pm. Over the years, there has been the occasional instance of a performer going rogue, with an ‘f-bomb’ or something off-script. NBC’s broadcast standards team must be particularly on guard given that SNL will air live during multiple time zones.

    “We also urge NBC to rate SNL appropriately, which means that the show may warrant a TV-MA (mature audiences) if the network cannot assure families that the show’s normal TV-14 rating will be accurate. While NBC is clearly making SNL live for publicity and profit, the network still has a responsibility to ensure that children and families – many more of whom will be in the viewing audience given its earlier air time – are protected from explicit or indecent content.”

     

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    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    2 Responses to PTC Warns NBC: Kids are Likely to be Watching SNL at 8:30 p.m.

    1. Lou
      March 29, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      NBC REALLY thinks it can reach a broader viewing audience by broadcasting this so liberal it isn’t even funny anymore show to MIDDLE AMERICA?! States that are known for their religious conservative views and who mostly voted for Donald Trump?!

      Maybe that would be true in the 90′s and early 2000′s, but NOT today! This show USED to be neutral and made fun of both ends- left AND right, back when Tina Fey was Head Writer, but when Seth Meyers took over this show has been leaning further and further to the left, and now with whoever-the-hell-is-Head-Writer -now at the helms this show is sooo far to the left I’m surprised it hasn’t tipped right over! This little plan of theirs will NOT succeed, I can garentee it!!

    2. sara
      April 9, 2017 at 2:02 am

      PTC instead of going after SNL there’s another long-running NBC show you should go after:

      Days of our Lives!

      Not only is it on when young kids can easily see it (especially if they have a shortened school day) but it’s also misrated

      It should have a “S” descriptor but it doesn’t!

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