Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS & LIFE -

“As far as the re­spon­si­bil­ity, I’ll only speak for our net­work. We’re happy to en­gage and be a part of any di­a­logue and any study or dis­cus­sion that can fur­ther a con­struc­tive di­a­logue. But it is a broader so­ci­etal con­ver­sa­tion and di­a­logue. Un­for­tu­nately, in com­plex mat­ters, we all like a scape­goat. We all like a sim­ple an­swer. We want to put the fin­ger on one thing and say, ‘That’s the prob­lem. That’s the is­sue.’ And, look, we’re just in the age of com­plex is­sues. There is no sim­ple thing.”


“Ob­vi­ously, we were all stricken as ev­ery­one was with that hor­ri­ble tragedy, as well as all of the other tragedies that we’ve seen over the last few years. And, you know, I think it weighs on all of us. I mean, most peo­ple at this net­work have chil­dren and really care about the shows that we’re putting out there. And, you know, so it’s al­ways on our mind. This just kind of really brought it to the fore­front.... We’re con­scious of the amount of vi­o­lence and the amount of edge in our shows. ”


“You know, the re­al­ity is that th­ese were aw­ful events. I mean, it was heart­break­ing, and your heart just went out to ev­ery­body else. And cer­tainly, you know, we wel­come the con­ver­sa­tion as to how we as a cul­ture can make sure that we don’t let th­ese events hap­pen again. You know, we on broad­cast (tele­vi­sion) have pretty strin­gent stan­dards. I think ABC has even more strin­gent than our com­peti­tors. We are tremen­dously sen­si­tive to this is­sue. We think about it, and we talk about it all the time.... We are storytellers; we have to tell sto­ries that are vi­brant and passionate, but we want to make sure that the sto­ries that we tell are done with in­tegrity, you know, there’s no gra­tu­itous ac­tion that goes on there, that it’s driven through the sto­ries and the characters, and that we have a mo­ral com­pass in what we do. We’ve al­ways been sen­si­tive to that. We are par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive now, and it’s some­thing that we are go­ing to con­tinue to look at. It’s im­por­tant.”


“I don’t think there’s any­one I know, I don’t think there’s any­one on this planet whose life hasn’t been changed and/or af­fected by the re­cent course of events. I’m a par­ent, I’m a mother. And what hap­pened has shaken me and all of us to our core. To the ex­tent that the peo­ple we come to work with have a re­newed sen­si­tiv­ity to­wards what we do — ab­so­lutely. We are par­ents, and we re­spect the jobs that we have; we re­spect the re­la­tion­ship we have with our au­di­ence.

“The re­al­ity is that we have to pick the best ma­te­rial. We have to con­tinue to make de­ci­sions about sup­port­ing great qual­ity shows on tele­vi­sion. Noth­ing that is on the air is in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

“I think the con­ver­sa­tions that we are now a part of, that all me­dia con­glom­er­ates are a part of, it’s an on­go­ing con­ver­sa­tion. So I think, to par­ents — and I in­clude my­self in that — there is com­fort to be taken in there is a dis­cus­sion, there is a level of com­mu­ni­ca­tion go­ing on right now that is cer­tainly deal­ing with how we’re go­ing to han­dle the sit­u­a­tion. In terms of par­ents and their con­cerns about the con­tent on tele­vi­sion, ul­ti­mately that’s still (par­ents’) de­ci­sion. That’s still my de­ci­sion. What my child does or doesn’t watch is my pre­rog­a­tive.”

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