TV industry to unveil rating system

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The TV industry was slated to unveil its new sex and violence ratings systemin New York on Thursday. The committee is expected to stick to one that usessix categories, ranging from TV-Y for all children to TV-M for matureaudiences only. At a press conference in Washington, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass.,and Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., said they wanted the ratings to includeadditional information about the level of sex, violence and profanity in eachshow.

They warned that they might force a new system through the FederalCommunications Commission or legislation. But Jack Valenti, the ratingscommittee chairman, told reporters the industry's system is the only one theindustry will tolerate.

"We will not use any other ratings guideline system," Mr. Valenti said.According to committee documents, the system's other categories are: TV-Y7,for children age 7 and older; TV-G, for general audiences; TV-PG, forparental guidance suggested; and TV-14, for programming that "may containsome material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14years of age."

Copyright December 1996, Crain Communications Inc.

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