Hollings to pursue anti-TV violence bill

Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.) said Thursday he’ll press forward with anti-TV violence legislation, despite initiatives announced this week by the networks and cable industry designed to placate Congress.

Hollings, who heads the Senate Commerce Committee, said “heavens, no” when asked whether he will back off on his proposed anti-TV violence bill.

Hollings’ bill would require the FCC to bar distribution of violent programs during hours when children are likely to be watching.

Hollings expressed skepticism over whether the entertainment industry is serious about curbing TV violence. He said he has “heard the same claims for 30 years.”

As for Sen. Paul Simon’s (D-Ill.) efforts in getting cablers and the networks to agree on an independent “violence monitor,” Hollings said, “We’re glad he’s done what he’s done, but that doesn’t satisfy the problem.”

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