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Thursday, 6th September 2007

The Alarming Family Hour...No Place for Children

The Alarming Family Hour...No Place for Children
Source: Parents Television Council
From press release:

A new Parents Television Council™ study of Family Hour programming conclusively shows that children watching television during the first hour of prime time are assaulted by violence, profanity or sexual content once every 3.5 minutes of non-commercial airtime. During the 2006-2007 study period, almost 90% of the 208 television shows reviewed contained objectionable content.

The PTC found that Fox is the worst broadcast network overall, noting its 20.78 instances of violent, profane and sexual content each hour -- nearly double the amount of similar content shown on any of the five other major broadcast networks. Fox’s American Dad took the cake for worst series overall based on the alarming 52 instances of objectionable content that was packed into each hour of programming. By contrast, the CW Network featured the cleanest programming overall; and reality and game shows Deal or No Deal (NBC), Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? (Fox), Identity (NBC), and Grease: You’re the One That I Want (ABC) were named the best overall due to the lack of foul language, violence and sexual content.

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