PTC hopes FCC hearing from parents, not just lobbyists

Friday, May 10, 2019
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

TV rating MA LSVA deadline imposed by Congress is drawing near for the Federal Communications Commission to report on the accuracy and accountability of the current ratings system for TV programming.

The deadline is May 15 for the public to share their views. 

Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council says it’s likely that the FCC will review comments from Hollywood lobbyists, who will predictably push to maintain the current system, but they are not the only ones.

Henson also predicts the FCC is also hearing from many people who agree with the PTC’s complaint that the ratings system serves the interest of the television industry, not the concerned parents it is supposedly designed to help.  

Henson, Melissa (PTC)“They protect the entertainment industry at the expense of children's innocence,” she says of the ratings system. “They error too often in favor of exposing kids to more adult content. They're inconsistent. They're inaccurate. And there's no transparency in the process in how the ratings are applied or how the oversight of the ratings is being carried out."

The process to comment to the FCC can be found at this link, and PTC has a list of helpful talking points here.

Henson tells OneNewsNow that PTC is hoping the FCC will ultimately recommend reforming and modernizing the system for the benefit of the American people.

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