Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 5:55am
VIOLENCE = INDECENCY, FCC TO TELL CONGRESS
[SOURCE: tvnewsday, AUTHOR: Kim McAvoy]
According to industry and FCC sources, the agency will soon issue a report concluding a two-year inquiry into TV violence and what to do about it. Apparently the findings are that the FCC should be able to regulate violence just as it does indecency and asks that Congress mandate â€œother forms of consumer choiceâ€ for cable subscribers -â€” a la carte programming menus, family tiers and channel blocking. The report finds "strong evidence" that TV violence is harmful and a correlation between TV violence and aggressive behavior in children. Despite large First Amendment obstacles, the FCC report contends that Congress has â€œthe ability and authorityâ€ to craft a sustainable regulatory regime for TV violence. The report has bipartisan support at the FCC. Republican Chairman Kevin Martin and Democratic Commissioner Michael Copps are said to be working closely in drafting the report. A likely third vote -- all that is necessary at the five-person Commission -- is Republican Deborah Taylor Tate, a vocal proponent of cleaning up the airwaves. It is unclear where Commissioners Robert McDowell and Jonathan Adelstein stand, whether they will want to go as far as their peers in trying to curb TV violence.
Also see --
* Report Urges FCC to Limit TV Violence
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