A TV watchdog is celebrating a huge victory: a review of the TV content ratings system.
Parents Television Council is celebrating the news the Federal Communications Commission will be required to review the TV content ratings system and report on the effectiveness of the system within 90 days. The requirement was included in the recently passed congressional spending bill.
PTC's spokesperson Melissa Henson says it's a positive step to force the FCC to scrutinize the system that has gone without any kind of scrutiny for two dozen years.
She hopes this report will lead to major, longchanges.
"Yes, that's certainly our hope," she says, "that at least in producing this report it'll sort of blow the cover off of what really amounts to a very fraudulent and self-serving system that Hollywood has had in place now for twenty years."
With the current oversight board overwhelming composed of people in the entertainment industry, Henson is also hoping for major changes in that body.
"So I would expect to see," she says, "a better ratio of parent concerns, teacher concerns, academics, psychologists, child psychologists, pediatricians --- better representation from those kinds organizations and less representation from Hollywood."
She and PTC also hope the FCC's review will improve the TV content ratings system to the benefit of families and children.