Television

'CSI', 'Friends' criticised for use of profanity

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2016/03/16/axn_0.jpg?itok=SysV8T_h

LOS ANGELES: There is too much damn cursing on American television these days! Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) may be drawing women towards AXN in India but in the US the CBS show has drawn the ire of The Parents Television Council (PTC) on account of the foul language used.

The PTC released a report expressing concern over the use of bad language in television. It noted that from 1998-2002 the use of bad language increased especially in the 8-9 pm band which is when the family gets together in front of the idiot box. Foul language jumped by 94 per cent in this slot. While foul language rose 109 per cent between 9-10 pm it is surprising that the increase was just 38 per cent between 10-11 pm when the kids have gone to sleep.

The PTC's top ten worst list saw CSI come out on top. Another AXN show NBC's Fear Factor was also criticised. Comedies did not escape the firing line with Friends and Will And Grace being cited. Both air in India on Zee English while the former also airs on Star World.

In its report the FTC has stated "The broadcast networks have made little or no effort to curb foul language during the prime time hours in the last five years. During the 2002-2003 season, the broadcast networks attempted to rewrite the book on language standards for television. While there were qualitative minor improvements here and there, overwhelmingly foul language became coarser and more frequent over time across the broadcast networks, and unless checked, we can surely expect this trend to continue well into the future."

There was good news for Rupert Murdoch's Fox. The network was singled out as being the only network with a drop in bad language between 1998 and 2002, although offensive language across ABC's offerings dropped in the final two hours of primetime. On the flip side PTC said that more and harsher language was heard during ABC's 8-9 p.m. time slots. CBS, NBC, UPN and the WB went up by triple digits in various time slots.

On a more positive note Sue Thomas F.B. Eye which airs on Hallmark received good mention for not using profane dialogue. Another show that was praised was the WB Network's Smallville. This will shortly commence airing on Star World.

Meanwhile Syracuse University professor Robert Thompson was quoted in an AP report saying, "Once prime-time television decides to absorb something, it becomes a stamp of normalcy. It's no longer controversial. It's no longer a big deal. It makes it a casual, accepted sort of thing".

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/23/zee-tamil-sare-gama.jpg?itok=Vd5vu3RX
Zee Tamil strengthens its weekend programming

MUMBAI: Zee Tamil, the tamil general entertainment channel of ZEEL, recently announced its decision to spruce up its fiction bands for weekends.

Television TV Channels Regional
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/22/Nivedita-Oak.jpg?itok=75PAewjb
Times Television Network elevates Nivedita Oak to DGM

Times Television Network (TTN) has elevated Nivedita Oak to deputy general manager - influence. Earlier, Oak was the regional head for Zoom, FCT and branded content. She has been working with the Times Network for the last 11 years.

Television TV Channels People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/22/pathan.jpg?itok=tah626ME
History TV18 to release third film in ‘Special Operations India' series

History TV18, a pan-Indian television channel, is to create a documentary on counter-terrorist operation at Pathankot air base named Special Operations India: Pathankot. This one-hour documentary will be aired on June 25 at 9 pm.

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/22/cnbc.jpg?itok=opviMAi9
CNBC-TV18 successfully concludes the 8th edition of the ‘India Healthcare and Wellness Awards 2018’

NBC-TV18, India’s leading English business news channel along with ICICI Lombard hosted the 8th edition of the ‘Indian Healthcare and Wellness Awards 2018’ at The Grand Hyatt, Mumbai.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/22/mn.jpg?itok=QPriVkLO
MN+ to air Indian Television premier of ‘Tulip Fever’

MN+, the Gold Class of Hollywood Movies from the Times Network, brings to the viewers, for the first time on Indian television, the celebrated romantic historical saga– ‘Tulip Fever’. The movie will premiere on Sunday, 24th June at 1 pm and 9pm on MN+.

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/22/india.jpg?itok=M2oqHiQO
Sony Music acquires the music rights for 2018’s much awaited sports drama film ‘SOORMA’

Global music giant, Sony Music has acquired the music rights for Soorma – the greatest comeback story of the hockey legend Sandeep Singh.

Television TV Channels Music and Youth
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/22/vs.jpg?itok=pVjUI8CY
Epic and Rupa publications announce the umeed india book on the occasion of international olympic day

EPIC TV - India’s only Hindi language, Indian Infotainment channel celebrates International Olympic Day with an exclusive unveiling of the first look of the Umeed India book published by Rupa Publications and based on its popular series, of the same name hosted by ace cricketer Virender Sehwag.

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/22/bbc.jpg?itok=gE0qxQNX
Iconic series Blue Planet II set for Indian TV premiere on Sony BBC Earth after a successful theatrical run

All eyes on TV as India’s #1 factual entertainment channel, Sony BBC Earth, premieres the world-renowned, path breaking and breath-taking series Blue Planet II for the Indian audience on June 25th at 9 pm.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/22/fox.jpg?itok=tK9XckqM
FOX Life celebrates a perfect celebrity mismatch in Great Escape’s new season

He’s rugged, she’s delicate. He’s adventurous, and she is spiritual. They are two friends who, at a distance, might seem like polar opposites. But get closer and you are sure to be surprised. FOX Life, India’s favorite premium lifestyle channel,

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories