“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.”
ROBERT GREENBLATT, CHAIRMAN, NBC ENTERTAINMENT:
“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. ”
PAUL LEE, PRESIDENT, ABC ENTERTAINMENT:
“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.”
NINA TASSLER, PRESIDENT, CBS ENTERTAINMENT:
“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.”