If it’s there, there must be a demand for it, right?
How many times have you heard that, or similar arguments, offered as justification for the purely gratuitous flesh parade that is network and cable television today? “They’re just providing what the market wants!” “If people didn’t watch, it wouldn’t be there!”
Baloney.Read more →
Kurt Sutter, the creator of Sons of Anarchy, just can’t stay out of his own way.
In case you missed it, PTC founder Brent Bozell penned his column this week on last week’s Sons of Anarchy episode that featured a school shooting, rape and drowning in urine. It’s really a must-read...Read more →
How many “scandals” has MTV orchestrated in recent memory? And yet when they erupt, scorn is not directed at MTV, but heaped on the performers. And only the female performers, at that.
After the MTV-produced Super Bowl halftime show which saw Justin Timberlake ripping Janet Jackson’s bodice and revealing her breast to a national television...Read more →
Miley Cyrus is beloved by millions of young women who were fans of her work on the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana. But MTV’s Video Music Awards blatantly sexualized the former Disney kid with a quasi-pornographic dance routine, while rating the show appropriate for 14-year-olds – and every pay-TV subscriber funded it. Read more →
Declaring the current pay-TV model “broken and unfair,” top media analyst Jeff Kagan, says that a la carte “would bring fairness to cable television pricing.”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 →
How many times have you heard it argued that television content providers are just delivering what audiences want? That since networks are in the business to make money, they would never air content that would drive away viewers, and so if you’re offended by what you see, you must be in the minority.
If that’s...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 →
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 →