Broadcast television, home of harsh content


Get ready for a continuous stream of vile language and vile video content, ladies and gentlemen. Broadcasters have clearly demonstrated that’s all they care about providing, and if broadcasters win their current court cases, filth is what our children will be watching all day long, according to the Parents Television Council.

PTC’s Tim Winter said, “The broadcast television networks reap tens of billions of dollars each and every year from the cash cow that is the public airwaves, but they claim to be unfairly burdened by the smallest morsel of responsibility when it comes to waiting until 10 pm to air indecent content. The networks’ Supreme Court briefs make crystal clear their resolve to shred any remaining boundaries for decency, paving the way for the harshest profanity and graphic sexual content to be aired in front of kids at any time of day.”

Winter concluded, “We urge the Supreme Court to look through the smokescreen of the TV networks’ interest, and instead side with the public interest. If the Court agrees with broadcasters and tosses out the broadcast decency law, the reality is that pornography will be legal on the publicly-owned airwaves at any time of day.”

RBR-TVBR observation: Tune in a broadcast network or any broadcast station at 10PM local time and you will be hard pressed to find any indecent content of any kind, much less the “harshest” content imaginable. But in PTC’s fertile imagination, that’s what broadcasters clearly want.

The reason broadcasters are in court is not to produce vile content around the clock – if that were the reason, it would already be on the schedule starting at 10PM, and any rational person would tell you that it is in fact not there.

The reason is because broadcasters are not keen on being hit with a huge fine and putting their license at risk because an individual not in their employ and not under their control utters a profanity near a live mic.

Broadcasters are also not keen on bringing an end to live local programming to make sure such an event does not take place.

According to one of PTC’s former employees, the group’s imagination extends beyond what is actually seen and heard on broadcast television. It has also been known to claim 1.3M members – the former employee said its active membership at any given time is more like 12K.

All of which underscores a common bond between broadcast networks and PTC – they both often deal in fiction. The difference is that broadcast fiction is labeled as such.