Major Victory: FCC Enforces Broadcast Decency after Eight Years

Today, for the first time in more than 8 years, The Federal Communications Commission began enforcing the federal law that prohibits profanity and indecency on broadcast TV.

This is a major victory – one that we have worked on for all those 8 years and much, much longer.  Despite more that 1,000,000 public complaints and two U.S. Supreme Court cases that upheld the decency federal law, the FCC has let foul language, partial nudity, and virtually anything else be broadcast even during what used to be called the “family hours” in early evening.

Indecency on TV sexualizes our children and prepares them to become participants in the pornified world that awaits them.  This is exactly why the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), formerly Morality in Media (MIM), has been a leader in the matter of TV indecency for more than 50 years

Today I thank FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and the other four Commissioners for their brave action, charging a TV station in Roanoke, Virginia for putting an actual porn clip on TV.  I believe this action is the start of something big and we will see the FCC much more active in protecting the airwaves.

We worked tirelessly with our friends at Parents Television Council, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family and numerous other groups for this victory.  We made it easy for thousands of you to make your voice heard. We met with key U.S. Senators, and with the FCC Commissioners themselves to get this victory and we filed legal briefs in the key court cases, all the way up to the Supreme Court. 

Most of all we want to thank YOU for making everything we do possible.  We have an aggressive plan to win and know we are backed up by YOU whenever and wherever we carry the fight! 

The Numbers


NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.


The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.


NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.



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