Salt Lake Tribune Gets Prof. Jeff McCall's Take on Television's 'Increasing Coarseness'

Salt Lake Tribune Gets Prof. Jeff McCall's Take on Television's 'Increasing Coarseness'

November 19, 2002

November 19, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - "Ask TV experts why prime-time network programming has become increasingly coarse in the past five years, and you will hear one of two answers: cable TV or content ratings," begins an article in the Salt Lake Tribune that quotes a DePauw University professor of communication arts and sciences. "The networks, with the content ratings graphics at the top of a program and the V-chip technology now in TVs, feel that viewers are now fairly warned and thus have no business complaining if something offensive is on the air,' says Jeffrey McCall, a communications professor at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana."

The story, by John Kiesewetter, also includes quotes from Gail Berman, president of FOX Entertainment; Warren Littlefield, the former NBC Entertainment president; and Melissa Caldwell, director of research and publicity for the non-profit Parents Television Council.

Dr. McCall, who is a 1976 graduate of DePauw, has been quoted in recent weeks in other articles in the Dallas Morning News (read more here), the Columbia Missourian (click here) and the Omaha World-Herald (here).

Source: Salt Lake Tribune

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