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Parents’ study blasts TV codes

House expected to take up legislation next month

WASHINGTON — The Parents Television Council and a small group of legislators are expected to release a study demonstrating that television has gotten more violent and smutty despite implementation of the TV content code.

The culture warriors, including Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), say the ratings system has resulted in even stronger adult content on television. The study, “Unintended Consequences: With Ratings System in Place, TV Is More Offensive than Ever,” looks at programming during sweeps periods from 1996 to 1998 on the four major networks along with WB and UPN.

Brownback is the author of a proposal calling on the Justice Dept. and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the marketing practices of the studios and television producers. The goal of the study is to find out if the entertainment industry is labeling material for adults and then marketing it to kids. The proposal was included in the Juvenile Justice Bill that was passed by the Senate recently. The House is expected to take up the legislation next month.