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FCC TV Violence Report Due

  • Ad Age, Wednesday, April 25, 2007 11:30 AM
The Federal Communications Commission is about to release a report on TV violence suggesting a link between viewing it and aggressive behavior in children. And it is likely to recommend that Congress bar "excessively violent" content form being aired between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The report, which could be out this week, leaves legislators to decide the definition of "excessively violent," but media associations and some civil-liberties groups have pointed out that such a definition could be impossible to determine. And they say any such attempt raises First Amendment issues as the FCC's current "indecency" rules are already being challenged in court.

Dennis Wharton of the National Association of Broadcasters says "broadcast television is far more tame than cable and satellite" and notes the medium is part of a coalition providing $300 million in public-service messages on how V-chip technology can allow parents to restrict what their kids watch.



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