You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Viewer warnings to tackle TV violence

An agreement by the television networks to present viewer advisories warning of programs that contain violence will be unveiled here today at a Capitol Hill press conference,according to an industry source.

Executives of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox will be on hand to announce a landmark “experiment” to place parental advisories where appropriate in advance of programs that might be offensive to viewers.

The agreement will last two years and does not include a commitment to reduce levels of vid violence, the source said.

Also participating will be Jack Valenti, prez of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, as well as Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.) and Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.). The two lawmakers are expected to hail the experiment as a long-awaited measure and to urge others in the broadcast and cable TV industry to follow suit.

Exex on hand for the press briefing will be Thomas Murphy, chairman of Capital Cities/ABC; Howard Stringer, prez of CBS Broadcast Group; Warren Littlefield, prez of NBC Entertainment; and George Vradenburg, exec veepee of Fox Television.

The announcement comes roughly one month before an industry conference in Los Angeles on TV violence. Slated to include participation of MPAA-member companies , it will be the first use by the television industry of a 1990 law that exempts it from antitrust laws so it can develop standards on TV violence. The law, authored by Simon, expires in December.

The move was applauded by James Quello, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. “Any kind of self-regulation is a step in the right direction,” he said. “If the networks don’t do it, they are vulnerable to legislation similar to one recently passed on indecency.”

More TV

  • 'Queer Eye,' 'Jersey Shore' Creators Reveal

    'Queer Eye,' 'Jersey Shore' Creators Reveal How Unscripted Franchises Were Revived

    An agreement by the television networks to present viewer advisories warning of programs that contain violence will be unveiled here today at a Capitol Hill press conference,according to an industry source. Executives of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox will be on hand to announce a landmark “experiment” to place parental advisories where appropriate in advance […]

  • Forest Whitaker at the Photocall For

    Forest Whitaker to Star in Epix Drama Series 'Godfather of Harlem'

    An agreement by the television networks to present viewer advisories warning of programs that contain violence will be unveiled here today at a Capitol Hill press conference,according to an industry source. Executives of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox will be on hand to announce a landmark “experiment” to place parental advisories where appropriate in advance […]

  • Gavel Court Placeholder

    Sharp Entertainment Sets $226,000 Settlement With New York State Over Overtime Pay

    An agreement by the television networks to present viewer advisories warning of programs that contain violence will be unveiled here today at a Capitol Hill press conference,according to an industry source. Executives of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox will be on hand to announce a landmark “experiment” to place parental advisories where appropriate in advance […]

  • George RR Martin

    George R.R. Martin Says 'Winds of Winter' Will Not Be Released in 2018

    An agreement by the television networks to present viewer advisories warning of programs that contain violence will be unveiled here today at a Capitol Hill press conference,according to an industry source. Executives of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox will be on hand to announce a landmark “experiment” to place parental advisories where appropriate in advance […]

  • Nkechi Carroll WBTV

    Nkechi Carroll Inks Overall Deal at Warner Bros. TV

    An agreement by the television networks to present viewer advisories warning of programs that contain violence will be unveiled here today at a Capitol Hill press conference,according to an industry source. Executives of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox will be on hand to announce a landmark “experiment” to place parental advisories where appropriate in advance […]

  • THE HANDMAID'S TALE -- "Unwomen" --

    'The Handmaid's Tale' Boss and Star Alexis Bledel Talk Emily's Past and Post-Gilead Life

    An agreement by the television networks to present viewer advisories warning of programs that contain violence will be unveiled here today at a Capitol Hill press conference,according to an industry source. Executives of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox will be on hand to announce a landmark “experiment” to place parental advisories where appropriate in advance […]

  • 'Walking Dead' Star Lauren Cohan on

    'Walking Dead' Star Lauren Cohan on Season 9: 'I'm Going Back'

    An agreement by the television networks to present viewer advisories warning of programs that contain violence will be unveiled here today at a Capitol Hill press conference,according to an industry source. Executives of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox will be on hand to announce a landmark “experiment” to place parental advisories where appropriate in advance […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content