• Broadcast Decency

    Indecent “NickMom” Devastates Nick Jr. Network

    by  • October 10, 2013 • Broadcast Decency, Ratings Reform, Sex • 16 Comments

    Last October, Nick Jr. – a pay-TV network which billed itself as a “safe, educational place” for kids ages 2-6 – introduced its NickMom programming block, featuring references to genitalia, sex, drinking, and other inappropriate content. A year later, Nick Jr. is reaping what it sowed: plummeting viewership — and revenue.

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    Despite Media Claims, McCain Stands Firm on Cable Choice

    by  • September 16, 2013 • Broadcast Decency, Cable Choice, Sex, Violence • 1 Comment

    Amid the controversy surrounding the recent “school shooting” episode on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, some in the press have claimed that Senator John McCain thinks content concerns are invalid.  But such claims are wrong.

    At the end of last week, Kurt Sutter, the creator of Sons of Anarchy, took to YouTube to express...

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    Lies Broadcasters Tell

    by  • June 25, 2013 • Broadcast Decency • 2 Comments

    In their effort to push the Federal Communications Commission into abandoning enforcement of broadcast decency laws, the broadcast networks must have had their spin-doctors working overtime on their public statements. Here’s a roundup of the various questionable claims the networks – who are using the people’s airwaves free of charge – told the government.

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    FCC Knuckles Under to Entertainment Industry – AGAIN!

    by  • May 14, 2013 • Broadcast Decency • 0 Comments

    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. 

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    Who Sets the Standard?

    by  • May 9, 2013 • Broadcast Decency • 0 Comments

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    The outgoing chairman of the FCC wants to change the rules on what kind of content can be subject to enforcement action by the commission.

    Under current standards, any content that fits the legal definition of “indecent,” i.e. “language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive...

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