Debate: Indecent TV Programs and The Supreme Court

Tags: Content/IP / Technology Policy

To view Preston Padden’s introductory slides, “Federal Regulation Of
Broadcast Indecency”, click here.

Tim Winter, President of the Parents Television Council (and consummate prude) and Maureen O’Connell, Senior VP of NewsCorp (hater of morals, and PAGAN charter member – see are going toe-to-toe to debate our right as American citizens to see boobies and listen to Nicole Richie deal with her shit-filled Prada on television.

The two have already met in the ring, on opposite sides in FCC v. Fox (, where Miss O’Connell took the first round. Have they resolved the ir differences, or have they just cleaned and reloaded their guns? With our childrens’ minds at stake, you can bet on the latter, my friend.”

Maureen O’Connell, Senior Vice President, NewsCorp
Maureen O’Connell is Senior Vice President of Regulatory and
Government Affairs of the Government Relations Office for News
Corporation. She represents the interests of the company before
Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and
the Administration. Before joining News Corporation in 1996,
Maureen was the Media Legal Advisor to Commissioner James
Quello of the FCC. Prior to joining Commissioner Quello’s
office in 1993, Maureen held positions in the Equal Employment
Opportunities and Political Programming Branch of the FCC’s Mass Media
Bureau, Enforcement Division. Maureen was an associate at the law firm of
Leventhal, Senter and Lerman from 1988 to 1991 and at Keller and Heckman
from 1986 to 1988. Maureen graduated with honors from the University of Iowa
in 1984, and she received her law degree from the University of Iowa College of
Law in 1986, also with honors.

Tim Winter, President, Parents Television Council
With more than 20 years in broadcasting, cable, internet and new media technologies, along with a law degree, Tim Winter brings a wealth of experience to his position as president of the Parents Television Council. The PTC is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. Mr. Winter spent 15 years with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) serving in numerous management capacities for the GE-owned media conglomerate in Los Angeles, New York and Europe. His work experience included network broadcast operations; program production; international and domestic cable; digital media; and the owned-and-operated television station, KNBC. He also participated in the creation of MSNBC, the cable and online news joint venture with Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Winter worked at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), where he led the studio’s Interactive Division and its online and video game publishing ventures. He was also president and chief operating officer at FasTV, Inc., an internet media company. Prior to his work with the PTC, he was the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Desktop TV, a high tech media firm that delivered live broadcasts of business-oriented cable programming to the enterprise marketplace via internet protocol.

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