Rosenworcel Announcement Regarding Online Ratings Disclosure
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FCC COMMISSIONER JESSICA ROSENWORCEL ON TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT
REGARDING ONLINE RATINGS DISCLOSUREWashington, D.C.—Online video viewing by young people is growing. According to the
Nielsen Company, 14 percent of online video viewers are children aged 2 to 17. Moreover, a
recent survey by the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board found that 61 percent of teens
reported watching television programming on a device other than a television. In response to
these developments, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TeleFutura, Telemundo, and Univision announced
today that they will make the television ratings system available with their full-length
programming accessible over the Internet.
Following this announcement, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel stated:
“We are fast moving to a world where our children’s video viewing is not limited to the
television screen—but is on any screen, at any time. The way we watch is clearly changing. But
what is not changing is the need to provide parents with simple and honest means to monitor and
manage their children’s viewing. Today’s announcement is a first step in the right direction. I
applaud ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TeleFutura, Telemundo, and Univision for making this