Transitions are a part of every life; and moving forward into a new stage, while a cause for celebration for the one making the move, can often be difficult for those left behind. For it’s humorous, heartwarming depiction of such transitions, ABC’s The Middle has been named the Best TV Show of the Week.Read more →
Not too long ago, it would have been absolutely unthinkable for a broadcast television network – required by law to operate “in the public interest,” and terrified of alienating viewers and advertisers – to propose a prime-time series making a hero out of a serial killer. Read more →
“The dirty little secret at MTV is that their demo is not 22-year-old college students. Their demo is 12, 13-year-old kids, 14-year-old boys and girls who are often home alone and unsupervised.” — Rachel Campos-Duffy, a cast member on MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco (CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, January 21,2011) Read more →
Americans tend to think of the British as genteel and proper; but TV networks in the UK are just as dedicated to pushing questionable content on families as American ones…as viewers of that country’s Britain’s Got Talent learned recently.Read more →
The cable industry has long made billions of dollars off of customers with its practice of “bundling” – forcing each subscriber to pay for hundreds of channels they don’t want to get a few they do. But TV channels aren’t the only things the companies “bundle.”Read more →
For over a decade, the cable industry has maintained a united front on the issue of Cable Choice, determined to preserve the status quo – continuing to charging consumers for “bundles” of networks they never watch and don’t want. But now, some cracks in the alliance are beginning to show.Read more →
Just when you think the media has gone as low as it can, it surprises you.
This week, multiple online news sites DEFENDED pop star Ke$ha’s drinking her own urine on MTV – and attacked the PTC for saying people shouldn’t have to pay for it.Read more →
Millions of Americans will be enthused about Senator McCain’s Cable Choice bill…but ESPN President John Skipper isn’t.
ESPN is far and away the most expensive of the basic cable channels. Dishonestly attempting to shrug off McCain’s bill, Skipper recently opined that “the cost for a family of four to go to dinner and a movie...Read more →
In reward for turning Sunday nights into a wasteland of violence, sex, and sleaze with his ultra-raunchy cartoons, Fox has given Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane his first live-action show.Read more →
Last month, the FCC asked for public comments on its new policy of taking action only against “egregious” violations of broadcast decency law. The deadline was May 20th. Though nearly 100,000 Americans filed comments demanding the agency enforce current standards, the FCC has extended the deadline – because the entertainment industry told them to. Read more →
Those who run TV networks cannot seem to decide whether showing a violent TV episode after a real-life tragedy is a good idea or not.Read more →
With TV networks constantly pumping ever-more explicit violence, nudity, and graphic sex over the publicly-owned airwaves, it is nice to find one TV station that still understands the concept of operating “in the public interest.”Read more →
PTC Advisory Board member Paul Porter, founder of Rap Rehab and Industry Ears, scored two notable victories against the bigotry and foul content rampant in the entertainment industry this week. Read more →
On Wednesday, President Obama nominated Thomas Wheeler as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, stating, “Tom knows this stuff inside and out.” But the PTC isn’t so sure.Read more →
Even as they were meeting with Vice-President Biden in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown and promising to help curb media violence, TV network bosses were busy pumping more violence over the public airwaves – as AP’s David Bauder reports.Read more →
CNN’s new series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown features the foul-mouthed chef spewing endless profanity – including the f-bomb – while also making vulgar comparisons between food and body parts.Read more →
Last Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron – the producers of this year’s controversial Oscar award telecast — have been signed to produce the Oscars again next year.
At this year’s Oscars, Zadan and Meron asked Seth MacFarlane – creator of the Fox broadcast...Read more →
In spite of horrific acts of violence like the Boston Marathon bombing, the slaughter of innocent children in Newtown, and the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Hollywood has absolutely no interest in limiting the violence it shoves at audiences. Read more →
“Product placement” is the practice of prominently displaying a product’s brand name in an entertainment program, whether it is shown visually or referred to in dialogue. But increasingly, this practice goes far beyond Simon Cowell displaying a Coca-cola cup on his desk on American Idol. Read more →
In the wake of horrific massacres like those in Newtown and Aurora, Hollywood continues to claim that what people see in entertainment has no influence on their behavior. (This, in spite of the fact that the entire purpose of showing commercials on television is to influence viewer behavior.)
In fact, Hollywood is absolutely adamant that...Read more →
On April 1st, the Federal Communications Commission – the agency charged since 1927 with enforcing the requirement that broadcasters operate “in the public interest” — announced its preference henceforth to ignore the concerns of millions of American citizens, in favor of those of the entertainment cartel.
Regrettably, this was not an April Fool’s joke.Read more →
Michael Powell served as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 2001 to 2005. During his tenure in office, Mr. Powell presided over a vast expansion in media consolidation, the concentration of media power in fewer and fewer hands. The result is that today, the overwhelming majority of American media – everything...Read more →
Lifetime: NOT Showing Graphic Murder = “Untold Harm”
This past Saturday night, March 23rd, the Lifetime basic cable network aired its “Lifetime Original Movie” Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story. The movie graphically detailed Porco’s real-life axe murder of his father in 2004.
Of course, television “dramatizations” of true crime are nothing new.Read more →
In the wake of his offensive and hopelessly lowbrow performance at the Oscar Awards ceremony this year, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s misogyny has earned him rebukes from everyone from The New Yorker magazine, to the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, to actresses Jane Fonda, Geena Davis,...Read more →
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies today heard testimony from Dr. Brad Bushman, Professor of Communications at Ohio State, challenging the “myth that violent media have a trivial effect on aggression.” According to one of Bushman’s studies (which he discussed in Psychology Today), “Why Do People Deny...Read more →