FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2004
PTC Files Indecency Complaint over NBC's Airing of Dale Earnhardt Expletive
Los Angeles, CA - The Parents Television Council, the nation's most
influential advocacy organization protecting children against sex, violence and
profanity in entertainment, filed an indecency complaint last Thursday with the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against the NBC network for airing Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s S-word expletive after the Sunday, October 3 NASCAR race. The
PTC and its nearly one million members nationwide have asked the FCC to levy a
Notice of Apparent Liability against each NBC affiliate that aired the program.
The program that contained the indecent material was broadcast live around 5:00
p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. CT and was seen in homes across the country on NBC network
"NBC knows that NASCAR has a huge family audience. NBC and its affiliates should
be fined for airing the S-word at a time when millions of children were likely
to be in the viewing audience," said L. Brent Bozell, president of the PTC.
"After the fact, NBC announced they would be putting all future NASCAR race
coverage on a 5-second tape delay. But frankly, NBC should have taken this
action long before the Earnhardt incident, especially given NBC's past problems
with indecent language during live broadcasts, including Bono's utterance of the
F-word during the 2003 Golden Globe awards.
"This is precisely why Congress needs to increase indecency fines. Television
networks need to get serious about halting the flow of indecent material over
the broadcast airwaves, but that won't happen when the financial penalties can
be absorbed as a reasonable cost of doing business.
"We are demanding that the FCC impose the maximum fine allowable under the law
against every NBC affiliate that aired this offense. We further demand that the
FCC consider license revocation as a real option given the repetitive nature of
these offenses," said Bozell.
The Parents Television Council was founded in 1995 to
ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence
and profanity on television and in other media. This national
grassroots organization has over one million members across the
United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters,
networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and
negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with
elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast
decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical
research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex,
violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is
provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices
for their own families.