Congress Orders FCC to Reevaluate TV Content Ratings System
By Tess Farrand, Staff Writer
As of recently, Congress is making significant efforts to reevaluate TV content ratings. Reportedly, Congress ordered the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to review the TV content ratings system in hopes that the content will prevent future violence.
The PTC shared the news via their newsletter, “FCC is required to review the TV content ratings system and report on the effectiveness of the system within 90 days, per the Appropriations Bill of 2019.”
To achieve this forward momentum, “PTC delivered a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to conduct a review of the 1998 Report and Order establishing the V-chip, TV content ratings system,” along with other supplemental reports that support their cause.
PTC’s President Tim Walker explains the need for this, “when the system’s oversight is administered entirely by the same people who assign inaccurate content ratings to begin with… it is impossible for the system to protect children as it was intended.” Winter continued, “the TV content ratings system needs to be overhauled so it truly serves the needs of parents and families, and not to provide cover for an industry that is airing ever-more-explicit content at times of the day when children are likely to be watching.”
Winter offered his praise, “finally, after more than 20 years, Congress is addressing the needs of families and the welfare of children by formally calling for the first-ever regulatory review of the TV Content Ratings System and its ostensible oversight.” Concluding, Winter added, “We hope that the FCC’s review will improve the TV content ratings system to the benefit of families and children. It is past time for this system to be reviewed, and improved.”
Like PTC, Movieguide® is passionate about educating families and parents of the dangers to violence and other unsavory content. MOVIEGUIDE’s approach is go forward into a new golden age of television by adopting TV standards based on reasonable faith and values, as was the case during the Golden Age of Movies and Television. The ratings allow the worst television content with deceptive ratings that obscure and confuse the audience. Standards provide guard rails to protect children and others from egregious content (rather than allow the egregious content with insufficient ratings.)
For more resource on how to protect your children as they grow up in a media-dominated world, read Dr. Baehr’s books, The Culture-Wise Family and The Media-Wise Family.
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