PTC laments Disney-Fox deal

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
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Disney ChannelWhile many wonder how the recent announcement of the Disney-Fox merger will impact the entertainment business, a watchdog group is concerned about the negative impact on families.  

According to Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council, the acquirement of much of 21st Century Fox by Disney "opens a Pandora's Box of vexing concerns for parents and families." 

The producers of soft-core pornography and the owner of Disneyland are now under the same roof, Winter warns, because 21st Century Fox owns some of the most explicit cable networks like FX and FXX.

"They have produced some of the explicit shows on television that we've ever seen," he complains, naming "American Horror Story" and adult-themed cartoon "Archer."

The planned purchase is being called "historic" for its price tag of $52 billion in stock, including a plan to pay an $8.5 billion cash dividend to 21st Century Fox shareholders, CNBC reported.  

The deal also puts Disney in position to better compete against digital streaming company Netflix, too, but beyond the business and technology stories, Winter fears children will be negatively impacted.

"It is going to put more explicit content within their reach," he warns. "It is going to allow even more explicit content to be right alongside some of the most trusted brands that parents have come to know and to love."


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