NBC JUST SAYS NO TO EXPANDED TV RATINGS SYSTEM

The number one television network in the country, NBC, is the lone wolf holding ground against a potential "tidal wave" of censorship by refusing to be bullied by pressure groups and shakey-handed Congressmen to amend the "voluntary" TV Ratings system.

By October 1st, the television ratings icons, appearing in the corner of your tv screen for 15 seconds before each show, will be amended to include the letters "V", "S", "L", and "D"; namely "violence", "sex", "language" and "dialog" (sexual dialog that is).

"My message is: Be afraid, be very afraid," Warren Littlefield, NBC Programming Chief said. "As broadcasters, I feel we're looking at a potential avalanche now. It's no longer about should parents be informed. It's about controlling content." He adds, "In my 20 years as a broadcaster, I have never been more afraid than I am of the content rating issue. They're being very clear: `We don't want to label your garbage, we want to remove your garbage.'"

Isn't it about time that we realize that placing a label on something, makes it all the more attractive? What's the first thing a child is going to think when those expanded letters appear on the screen? "Oh boy! This program's got sex and violence in it! This is where the action is, man! I'm gonna watch this!" It's the same for movies and music: forbidden=fun! These new candy-like ratings will not only beckon the oncoming "tidal wave" of censorship, but (like the "parental advisory" stickers on records have already done) will encourage parents to become more lazy and let the government do the parenting for them.

It's not often we can say this about a major television network, but Rock Out Censorship would like to praise Warren Littlefield from NBC for refusing to cooperate with the likes of Sen. Paul Simon who started all the talk on Capitol Hill of TV content regulations. These new ratings are not the last to be reckoned with. Congress already has plans to discuss MANDATORY ratings, as well as a legislated TV "family hour", in its coming agenda (Source: Houston Chronicle).

What can the average Joe TV-watcher do? Not just sit back on the couch and watch TV, that's for sure. Let the networks and the government know how you feel! Use the following links to contact the major networks and the cable networks as well (they've become sheep just like the big-wigs). And be sure to check out our Activism Central section to contact lawmakers to tell them to let US decide what's good for our kids.

-ABC "Viewer's Voice" page-
http://www.abc.com/vvoice/index.html

-CBS-
http://www.cbs.com/
Audience Services: audsvcs@cbs.com

-NBC "Email page"- http://www.nbc.com/stations/index.html
Tell NBC how proud you are of Warren Littlefield, the NBC Programming Chief!

-FOX-
http://www.fox.com
Email: askfox@fox.com

-UPN "Email page"-
http://www.upn.com/email2.html

-WB Network-
http://www.tv.warnerbros.com/
Email: wbcustsrv@aol.com,jcranee@aol.com

-MTV-
http://www.mtv.com
Email: feedback@mtv.com

-TBS-
http://tbssuperstation.com/
Email: tbs.superstation@turner.com

-TNT "Feedback page"-
http://www.tnt.turner.com/email_feedback.html

And here are some snail mail addresses with phone numbers (source: Screen Source - http://www.amug.org/~scrnsrc):

ABC
77 W. 66th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10023
212-456-7777

All News Channel
3415 University Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-642-4573

America's Health Network
1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Bldg. 22A
Orlando, FL 32819-7610
407-224-6800

American Movie Classics
150 Crossways Park West
Woodbury, NY 11797
516-364-2222

A&E
235 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017
212-661-4500

Black Entertainment TV
1 BET Plaza
1900 W. Place
Washington, DC 20018
202-608-2800

Bloomberg Information TV
499 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10022
212-318-2005

Bravo Cable Network
150 Crossways Park West
Woodbury, NY 11797
516-364-2222

Cartoon Network
1050 Techwood Dr. NW
P.O. Box 105264
Atlanta, GA 30318
404-885-2263

CBS
51 W. 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
212-975-4321

Cinemax
1100 Ave. Of The Americas
New York, NY 10036
212-512-1000

CNBC
2200 Fletcher Avenue
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
201-585-6425

CNN & CNNI
One CNN Center
Box 105366
Atlanta, GA 30348-5366
404-827-1500

Comedy Central
1775 Broadway, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10019
212-767-8600

Country Music Television
250 Harbor Drive
Stamford, CT 06904
203-965-6000

Court TV
600 Third Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016
212-973-2800

CSPAN
400 N. Capital St. NW, Suite 650
Washington, DC 20001
202-737-3220

Discovery Channel
7700 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814-3522
301-986-0444

Disney Channel
3800 West Alameda
Burbank, CA 91505
818-569-7500

E! Entertainment TV
5670 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
213-954-2400

Encore
5445 DTC Parkway, Suite 600
Englewood. CO 80111
303-771-7700

ESPN 1 & 2
ESPN Plaza
Bristol, CT 06010
203-585-2000

Family Channel
2877 Guardian Lane
P.O. Box 2050
Virginia Beach, VA 23463-2050
804-459-6000

FCC
1919 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20554
202-632-7553

FLIX
1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
800-422-9000

Fox Network
P.O. Box 900
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
310-277-2211

Fox Sports
100 E. Royal Lane, Suite 250
Irving, TX 75039
972-868-1400

Golf Channel
7380 Commerce Center Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
800-363-4650

HBO
1100 Ave. Of Americas
New York, NY 10036
212-512-1000

Home Shopping Network
P.O. Box 9090
Clearwater, FL 34618-9090
800-284-3900

History Channel
235 E. 45th St., 9th Floor
New York, NY 10017
212-661-4500

Home & Garden TV Network
P.O. Box 50970
Knoxville, TN 37950
615-694-2700

Independent Film Channel
150 Crossways Park West
Woodbury, NY 11797
516-364-2222

Learning Channel
7700 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814-3522
800-813-7409

Lifetime Television
309 West 49th Street
New York, NY 10019
212-424-7000

Movie Channel
1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
212-708-1200

MSNBC
2200 Fletcher Ave.
Ft. Lee, NJ 07024
201-585-6425

MuchMusic USA
150 Crossways Park West
Woodbury, NY 11797
516-364-2222

MTV (Music Television)
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
212-258-8000

Nashville Network
2806 Opryland Dr.
Nashville, TN 37214
615-889-6840

NBC
30 Rockefeller Plaza, 25th Floor
New York, NY 10112
212-664-4444

NewSport
150 Crossways Park West
Woodbury, NY 11797
516-364-2222

Newsworld International
P.O. Box 5122
New York, NY 10185-5122
800-639-7967

Nickelodeon
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
212-258-7500

Outdoor Life
2 Stamford Plaza
281 Tresser Blvd., 8th Floor
Stamford, CT 06901
800-OUTDOOR

PBS
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-739-5000

Playboy
9242 Beverly Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310-246-4000

Prime Time 24
153 E. 53rd St., 59th
New York, NY 10022
800-883-7824

SBCA
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 600
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-6990

SCI-FI Channel
1230 Ave. Of Americas
New York, NY 10020
212-408-9100

Showtime
1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
212-708-1200

SpeedVision
2 Stamford Plaza
281 Tresser Blvd., 8th Floor
Stamford, CT 06901
888-22-SPEED

Spice
536 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
212-941-1434

Starz!
5445 DTC Parkway, Suite 600
Englewood, CO 80111
303-771-7700

Sundance Channel
1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
212-708-1201

TBS
1050 Techwood Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
404-885-4488

TNT
1050 Techwood Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
404-885-5532

Trio
P.O. Box 5122
New York, NY 10185-5122
800-890-8746

Turner Classic Movies
P.O. Box 7887
Atlanta, GA 30357-0887
404-885-5535

TV Land
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
212-258-7500

USA Network
1230 Ave. Of Americas
New York, NY 10020
212-408-9100

VH-1
1515 Broadway, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10036
212-258-8000

The WB Network
4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg. #34R
Burbank, CA 91522
Fax: 818-954-6479

Weather Channel
2600 Cumberland Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339
404-434-6800

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