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Press Release

Jan. 13, 2005


PTC Chastises CBS/Viacom for Re-Airing Show Featuring Teen Orgy Party

 LOS ANGELES – Today the Parents Television Council (PTC), the nation's most influential advocacy organization protecting children against sex, violence and profanity in entertainment, chastised CBS/Viacom for re-airing the episode of Without a Trace that included graphic scenes of a teen orgy party – an episode which generated approximately 7,500 broadcast indecency complaints when it originally aired in November of 2003.  The FCC never ruled on the merit of those indecency complaints, instead opting to sweep them into the Consent Decree it entered into with Viacom last November.


The egregious episode of Without a Trace was re-aired at 9:00 pm CT/MT on Friday, December 31.


"As if it isn't bad enough that CBS/Viacom was so irresponsible to air this rubbish once at a time when millions of children were in the viewing audience, they chose to air it again – this time on the heels of their Consent Decree in which they admitted to violating indecency laws and promised to take immediate steps not to do it again," said Tim Winter, executive director of the PTC.


"We are urging our members and other concerned citizens to file indecency complaints with the FCC about this rebroadcast.

"When the FCC and Viacom entered into an agreement to settle all outstanding indecency complaints except the Super Bowl, the PTC immediately questioned Viacom's sincerity to abide by federal indecency laws. The fact that this shocking episode aired only days after the Consent Decree was announced proves that CBS has no intention whatsoever to abide by the spirit or the letter of that agreement.

"Clearly the fine that Viacom agreed to pay in November is not enough of a deterrent. We will make sure that Congress will take this example into consideration when it reviews legislation to increase fines to broadcasters," said Winter.

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.

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