PTC Launches “#NoIndecencyFCC” Week
The Parents Television Council has launched “#NoIndecencyFCC” Week, May 6-10, hoping to encourage the public to file public comments to the FCC’s proposal to limit broadcast indecency complaints. PTC President Tim Wheeler said, “We are focusing on #NoIndecencyFCC to let the FCC know that we consider its proposal to limit broadcast indecency complaints extremely troublesome. Only pursuing so-called ‘egregious’ complaints from the public about indecent TV or radio content will lead to broadcasters pushing the decency limits even further – including the airing of nudity or harsh profanity when millions of children are in the audience."
Winter added, “Federal law limits the broadcast of indecent material to the times of day when kids are much less likely to be in the audience, making no distinction for ‘egregious’ instances. Either material is legally indecent or it is not, and the ‘egregious’ nature of violating the law should only dictate the punishment a broadcaster faces for breaking that law. It is unnecessary for indecent content to be repeated many times in order to be actionable, and it is unwise for the FCC to pursue a new course that will guarantee nothing but a rash of new litigation. We are encouraging the public to share its concern with the FCC in a public comment by the deadline of May 20. To date, over 90,000 public comments have been filed, most of them expressing outrage that the FCC would even consider such a proposal.
“If this proposal is adopted, the greatest harm will fall upon our children and grandchildren, who already face waves of explicit content when they use the airwaves of which they, too, are co-owners. The FCC proposal erodes a parent’s recourse for broadcast decency enforcement and, instead, cedes control of our airwaves entirely to the entertainment industry. It’s time to say #NoIndecencyFCC!” Winter concluded.