A recent survey revealed that the average person in this country watches 1,355 hours of television in a year. It breaks down to 678 hours of broadcast and 877 hours of cable and Satellite offerings. That’s almost 5 hours a day. Clearly, there needs to be stronger regulation of the cable television industry. Unfortunately, little has been done to bring that about. The following information will give you a look at how programming needs to be cleaned up. In addition to its two broadcast television networks (NBC and Telemundo), NBC/Universal owns all or part of 20 cable networks. This gives NBC the ability to air 528 hours of television programming. Of their 528 hours of daily programming, the broadcast decency laws apply only to 32 hours – roughly 6% of their total programming. So NBC can legally be as indecent and as offensive as it wants to be for 496 hours every day – nearly 94% of its program schedule.
NBC and others have fought against regulation of the cable industry. Their claim of a “chilling effect” on program content to avoid proper regulation shouldn’t be tolerated. The parents of minor children should learn as much as they can about what the television industry – both broadcast and cable – is doing and then band together in a joint effort to bring some morality and just plain decency to television programming. The current trend of more and more violence, sexual content, and gross behavior must be stopped in its tracks. If you agree, let the politicians know how you feel and that you expect their help to bring about proper regulation.
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