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Nudity increases on broadcast networks

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 - 2:49 PM CST

A Parents Television Council study has found a huge increase in the number of incidents of full nudity on broadcast networks during the 2011-12 season compared to the year before. A PTC analysis discovered a 407 percent increase in full-frontal nudity.

During the 2011-12 season, 76 incidents of full nudity occurred on 37 shows, compared to 15 cases on 14 programs a year earlier. Only five of the shows carried an "S" descriptor alerting parents to explicit adult content.

"Broadcasters are unashamedly and without warning, exposing families and children to graphic images," states Candy Tolbert, Assemblies of God Girls Ministries director. "So, one must wonder what the motivation is?"

The research also showed a trend in how the networks treat the nudity. In most cases in 2010-12, black bars hid body parts. But in the recently concluded season, three-fourths of the images were blurred or pixilated.

"We have seen a concerted effort on the part of the networks to constantly push the outer limit of what may be considered appropriate for the broadcast medium," says PTC President Tim Winter. "They are aggressively pursuing a dangerous agenda to completely obliterate any remaining television taboos."

More than half - 35 - of the 64 occurrences of frontal nudity were on NBC. ABC had the second most with 17.

Authors: Pentecostal Evangel and AG News


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