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Turner backs TV violence ratings

Ted Turner has jumped on the anti-TV violence bandwagon.

Turner, in letters to Congress and the Big Three networks, said Turner Broadcasting System would accept a Motion Picture Assn. of America-like rating system warning parents of the levels of violence in programs.

Turner said he also would support equipping new TV sets with a microchip that lets parents block violent shows.

“To the extent that parents lack the reasonable means to control their children’s viewing of violent programming, this approach is an answer,” Turner said in a letter.

Turner also formally endorsed anti-violence standards adopted by the networks last December, although he said the regs “are not more strenuous than we currently apply.”

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