Calls on FCC to Impose Stiff Fines Over Scripted Profanities Which Aired as
Early as 7 pm
LOS ANGELES (October 12, 2006) – The Parents Television
Council™ filed complaints with the Federal Communications Commission over
two instances of illegal obscenities that were intentionally scripted into
two prime time television series.
New broadcast channel My Network TV scripted the "s-word"
into the September 21st broadcast of the prime time soap, Desire. The incident occurred
during the 8:00 pm hour on the East and West coasts and during the 7:00 pm
hour in the Central and Mountain Time Zones, and, even worse, the word in
question aired during the opening sequences of the program.
And just last week, NBC scripted the word ‘t*ts' into the October 5th
broadcast of ER, which airs
at 9:00 pm in the Central and Mountain Time Zones.
"The broadcast networks are now intentionally scripting
illegal obscenities into prime time television series, and they are doing it
to be openly defiant of the law. Both programs aired during times when
children were certain to be in the viewing audience. Both programs used
words the FCC has found to be indecent in previous rulings; rulings that
have been upheld by the United States Supreme Court. The networks are
deliberately breaking the indecency law," said Tim Winter, executive
director of the PTC.
"No doubt the networks will lean on a technology crutch to
absolve themselves of any responsibility. But the v-chip would not have
prevented a child from hearing either of these obscenities. Desire
was rated TV-14, with no ‘L' descriptor to warn viewers of the offensive
language. ER was rated TV-14
also with no ‘L' descriptor. Even if used properly in every home in
America, the v-chip would not have prevented the transmission of these
programs into the living rooms of millions of unsuspecting families.
descriptors aside, how many families in America would deem words like ‘sh*t'
and ‘t*t' to be appropriate for their 14-year old children? Perhaps some of
the programming executives at those two networks would, but most families
"We urge the FCC to
use its newly authorized financial penalties granted by Congress and signed
by the President to the fullest extent. This complete and utter disregard
for the law will not be tolerated," Winter said.
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Oliver at (703) 683-5004, ext. 140.
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United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters,
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