Policy Forum

Parental Power: TV Indecency, the FCC, and the Media’s Response

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Featuring Jack Valenti, Former President and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America; with comments by Leslie Marx, Chief Economist, Federal Communications Commission; and moderated by Roger Pilon, Director, Center for Constitutional Studies.

Deluged by indecency complaints since Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction,” Congress continues to look for ways to respond that may or may not be constitutional, even as the FCC imposes multi‐​million‐​dollar fines on TV networks. But those measures may soon be eclipsed by a new campaign underwritten by TV stations, cable systems, DBS, movie studios, TV programmers, and the Consumer Electronics Association to inform parents about a recently developed, simplified program that will enable parents to control all TV programming coming into their homes. Please join us for a discussion of this nongovernmental effort to address the issue, with comments from the FCC.