Nudity on television increased by over 400 percent during the 2011-2012 broadcast season compared to the previous year, announced the Parents Television Council (PTC), citing its latest research. The TV watchdog group, which monitors network programming for objectionable content, found that on shows running from September 1 to May 31, there were no less than 76 incidents of full nudity on 37 shows, compared to 15 incidents in 14 shows the previous year — an increase of an astounding 407 percent.
Responding to the findings, PTC's president Tim Winter penned a letter to key U.S. Congress members urging them to pressure the the Federal Communications Commission(FCC) to move ahead with its log-jam of some 1.6 million decency complaints filed by citizens and groups over the past several years. Winter noted that his group's study found a trend among broadcasters toward more full-frontal nudity, full nudity at earlier hours of the evening, and a tendency on the part of the networks to forgo using content rating systems to forewarn parents of upcoming smut on shows.
“In 2006, Congress passed the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act in response to growing outrage from the American people over the broadcast networks’ abuse of the publicly owned broadcast airwaves,” wrote Winter in his letter to the congress members. “Yet since that time, 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.”
Among PTC's alarming findings in its latest study:
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