Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 5:19am
IS THERE TOO MUCH BLOOD IN PRIMETIME?
[SOURCE: tvnewsday, AUTHOR: Kim McAvoy]
Broadcasters, already weary of defending themselves against indecency, may soon find themselves fighting on a second front in the content wars -- TV violence. The Parents Television Council released a new study on television violence, Dying to Entertain, which found that violence on prime time broadcast television has increased 75% since 1998. The television season that began in the fall of 2005 was also one of the most violent ever recorded by the PTC. Meanwhile, the FCC may soon release a report to Congress critical of broadcast TV violence. And regulating TV violence could gain traction on Capitol Hill. It has long been a favorite issue of Democrats, who are now back in control of Congress. The FCC report is currently circulating among the commissioners and the word is that it will not be good news for broadcasters. According to one source, it may conclude that the V-chip is not working and that some type of regulatory intervention is needed.
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[SOURCE: Broadcasting&Cable, AUTHOR: John Eggerton]
ABC, which the Parents Television Council said on Wednesday was the network that had shown the biggest increase in primetime violence since 1998, stands by its programming choices.
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