FCC gets earful from PTC over violent content

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Hollywood sign on hillsideA media watchdog group says enough is enough: a year after the tragic Parkland shooting, it's time for the Federal Communications Commission to review the media's content system.

Since the deadly shooting a year ago at the Florida high school, there has been a White House meeting and even a Department of Education report stating that a more accurate and robust rating system was one protective measure that could be taken to prevent future school violence.

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But the government agency that enjoys regulatory oversight has been sitting on its hand, says Parents Television Council president Tim Winter.

TV rating MA LSV"We are calling on the FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, and his other four commissioners at the FCC," says Winter, "to thoroughly investigate whether the v-chip, which supposed to protect kid, the content rating system that's supposed to alert parents, and the oversight of that whole system, is actually effective."

Winter says the PTC has documented how much television programming today contains violence and it's time that parents are given real tools to protect their children.

"Sixty-one percent of all entertainment episodes on primetime broadcast television contain some kind of violence. Thirty-nine percent contain violence and guns," he reports. "So we have an epidemic here in terms of the messages, the nightly dress rehearsals, that the television networks are delivering to children."

Winter says the PTC has a petition available at parentstv.org for parents to make their voices known to the FCC.

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