WASHINGTON — Howard Stern, lightning rod: A conservative culture critic is taking Time Warner vice chairman Ted Turner to task because TW’s New Line Cinema bought advertising time on Howard Stern’s racy new syndie latenight TV vehicle.
New Line bought spots on “The Howard Stern Radio Show” for its R-rated Wesley Snipes-starrer “Blade.” Reps for New Line and Turner had no comment on the letter sent to Turner earlier this week by L. Brent Bozell of the Parents Television Council.
Meanwhile, another local TV station, indie outlet KTVK Phoenix, has opted to yank the Stern show after two airings over content concerns. On Monday, Fox affil KJTV Lubbock, Texas, also pulled the plug on “Howard Stern” after its second Saturday night outing.
“The Howard Stern Radio Show,” which bowed Aug. 22, has been targeted by culture vultures who claim that his shock jock’s antics are too offensive for broadcast TV, even in latenight. The syndie weekly is distributed by CBS’ Eyemark Entertainment and carried on most of the CBS O&Os. So far, CBS station execs insist they haven’t had much negative fallout from viewers or advertisers.
In his Sept. 1 letter to Turner, Parents Television Council chairman Bozell said he was “surprised and disappointed” that New Line had advertised on the show.
Bozell noted that the premiere featured, “an in-studio guest who showed Stern her new breasts and was accused by Stern and sidekick Robin Quivers of being a hermaphrodite, and two naked lesbians who kissed before one performed a ‘lap dance’ for Stern.”
Bozell closed the letter with some barbed criticism aimed at the Tiffany network. “CBS should have never allowed this kind of trashy programming to air, but more importantly, New Line should not be sponsoring this garbage.”