FCC to Look Into TV Violence

Jul 28, 2004  •  Post A Comment

The Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday that it has voted unanimously to launch an inquiry to consider cracking down on TV violence. In a statement, the agency asked that the public respond by Sept. 15 to a variety of questions on the issue, including whether violent programming should be banned from broadcast TV, cable and satellite television during hours children are most likely to be in the audience.

FCC Chairman Michael Powell originally announced his intention to back a violence inquiry on April 28, after 38 congressmen led by Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, formally urged the agency to do so.

“Wanton violence on the people’s airwaves has gone unaddressed for too long,” said Democratic FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, in a statement Wednesday. “It is only unfortunate that it took a request from members of the House of Representatives for us to consider this important issue.”