Hollings reintros violence harbor

Sen. Fritz Hollings (D-S.C.) last week reintroduced a bill that would require the FCC to study whether the V-chip/TV ratings keep kids away from violent programming. If the FCC finds the V-chip isn't working, it would be required to institute a "safe harbor" time before which TV stations could not air violent programming.

The bill also directs the FCC to write rules that would prohibit studios from distributing violent programming without assigning it a "V" for violence. "Often accompanied by popular music, portrayed in a glorified light, and delivered without reference to the negative consequences of such dire actions, television violence has a direct, adverse impact on our children," Hollings said. Hollings has tried to get some version of a violence bill passed in the last four Congresses, so far with no luck.