LOS ANGELES (August 12, 2014) – The Parents Television Council issued the following statement about the new proposal introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) that will end local TV station blackouts while giving consumers a choice over the broadcast stations they want.

PTC President Tim Winter said the following:

“This proposal is a wonderful and important first step for consumer choice. Consumers, not the media conglomerates, should decide for themselves which networks they want to purchase and bring into their homes. While the present measure would give consumers choice over the broadcast networks, we hope this will ultimately pave the way for consumers to enjoy greater choice for all of their cable programming. We applaud Sens. Rockefeller and Thune for putting consumers first.”

The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members and 57 chapters across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families. Visit the new PTC Watchdog Blog at http://www.parentstv.org/blog/. Follow the PTC on Twitter: @ThePTC.