• About Melissa Henson

    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.

    PTC to Robert Gibbs: Will You Carry Administration’s “Moral Disapprobation” of Sexual Violence to New Role at McDonald’s?

    by  • June 18, 2015 • Advertiser Accountability • 21 Comments

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    Last week, McDonald’s hired former White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs to act as Global Chief Communications Officer.

    PTC Advisory Board Member Gary Lesser sent a letter to Gibbs, reminding him of the strong stance the administration he once represented took against sexual assault on college...

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    Twenty Years, Twenty Top TV Moms

    by  • May 4, 2015 • Television • 14 Comments

    In honor of the PTC’s 20th anniversary and of Mother’s Day, we present, in no particular order, the 20 top broadcast TV moms of the last 20 years.

    TV moms have changed over the decades. On television today we seldom see the idealized mothers of generations past; whose hair was always perfectly coiffed, whose clothes...

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    Sex on TV: Too Much for Primetime

    by  • October 23, 2014 • Sex • 0 Comments

    CallousnessEarlier this week, the entertainment news show Entertainment Tonight addressed the increasingly risqué sexual content on television.    PTC President Tim Winter was invited on to share the concerns and frustrations felt by millions of parents across the country at prime-time television’s increasing hostility to family audiences....

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