Valenti pledges fight for TV ratings systemDecember 12, 1996
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Critics of a newly-proposed TV ratings system want programs to give detailed warnings about violence, sex and vulgar language -- not just a broad notice of age-appropriateness. But the president of the Motion Picture Association of America Thursday defended the television industry's plan, and said that the industry won't use any ratings system but its own.
Jack Valenti's remarks came after Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Connecticut, left the door open to forcing the TV industry to adopt a content-based system through legislation. If he tries it, Valenti said, "We'll see him in court."
Under the proposed six-tier rating system Valenti helped design, networks will rate their programs for suitability to different age groups. Parents hope to use the system to screen programs they don't want their children to see.Correspondent Anthony Collings contributed to this report.
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