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Press Release

January 20, 2003


Network Fails to Bleep F-Word During Golden Globes

Today the Parents Television Council, a non-profit, non-partisan entertainment watchdog group based in Los Angeles, denounced NBC for failing to mute the "F-word" from last night's broadcast of the Golden Globe Awards.  Bono, the lead singer of U2 said the word while accepting a Golden Globe for Best Original Song: "The Hands That Built America" from Gangs of New York.  Networks routinely broadcast live shows through a delay system that allows for the removal of inappropriate material.

"The broadcast of the Golden Globe Awards turned out to be another sad addition to a long list of examples of network irresponsibility that sacrifices family viewing for raunchy programming," said Brent Bozell, President of the Parents Television Council.  "One can only assume that NBC intended to broadcast a live, uncut awards show to give the program an edge but they clearly crossed the line while trying to score higher ratings," Bozell added.

In what appears to be a disturbing trend, the recent American Music Awards were also filled with vulgar language and behavior.  Patricia Heaton, co-star of Everybody Loves Raymond, walked out of the ceremonies in protest of the crude content.

"Patricia Heaton made the right call when she walked out on the AMA.  We are witnessing an alarming trend in live programming.  There is no reason for an awards show that is broadcast on network television at 8:00 pm to contain references to women's breasts, three-way sex and highly inappropriate language," continued 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.

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