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NATPE Unveils Government Censorship Initiative

Jan 25, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Hoping to get some clarification about what material is permitted to air on TV, the National Association of Television Program Executives is planning a symposium this spring to address “issues surrounding government censorship of television content.”

In his opening remarks Tuesday at the NATPE conference in Las Vegas, NATPE President and CEO Rick Feldman said the symposium, which is scheduled to be co-hosted by the USC Annenberg School for Communication, will seek to bring government and industry officials together to ventilate industry concerns.

“Free over-the-air television should not have to operate in an environment where a scene as in ‘Dirty War’ or language in ‘Saving Private Ryan’ could, when aired, result in fines or license revocation,” Mr. Feldman said. “Conversations regarding this issue and how to reconcile the legitimate interests of all concerned need to happen, and NATPE will make it happen.” Details about the date, location and session participants are still under discussion, Mr. Feldman said.