Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 3:56am
CREATIVE VOICES: FCC INDECENCY CRACKDOWN HARMS CHILDREN
[SOURCE: Broadcasting&Cable, AUTHOR: John Eggerton]
The Center for Creative Voices in Media, which includes TV and film executives among its advisers, has weighed in at the FCC on indecency with a report of how the FCC's indecency crackdown has affected Hollywood and the nation by "stifling free expression, threatening quality television, and harming Americaâ€™s children." The report was submitted as comments in the FCC's review of four profanity rulings it made back in March without allowing for public comment. Calling the FCC's decisions "inconsistent and confusing," the center took issue with profanity findings that were issued, including against the Martin Scorcese documentary on blues musicians and an NYPD Blue episode. The irony, says the Center, is that Blue and Blues are just the type of quality shows that "in their public speeches, many FCC commissioners urge broadcasters to create and air as trustees of publicly owned airwaves." The Center concludes that the FCC's enforcement policy has made Newton Minow's "vast wasteland even vaster," and harms, not serves, the public interest.
* Big Chill: How the FCCâ€™s Indecency Decisions Stifle Free Expression, Threaten Quality Television, and Harm Americaâ€™s Children
[SOURCE: Center for Creative Voices in Media]
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