PTC Pans Online Ratings Move
Group finds effort half-hearted and timing suspect
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/11/2012 5:38:02 PM
While the group gave the networks some credit for "expressing an intention" to display the ratings -- they said it would happen by December -- the group found the effort half-hearted and the timing suspect.
"If the online rating system is similar to the current television rating system, then this move is a distinction without difference. PTC has proven time and time again that the TV content ratings system is a facade, citing inaccurate and inconsistent ratings designated by the networks themselves with no accountability," said PTC President Tim Winter.
As to Monday's announcement -- actually, B&C and the New York Times got a jump on that announcement Sunday night: "The timing of this announcement on the eve of the Supreme Court's broadcast decency decision in Fox v. FCC is dubious. Broadcasters have a unique publicly-granted privilege and it is past time for them to start providing real solutions to parents, rather than attempting half measures designed to sway the Court's and the public's opinion."
The Court is expected within the next two weeks to render its decision on the FCC's indecency enforcement regime.
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