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Thursday, September 4, 2008

CAFC ALERT: Fox Network will not air “Bad Dads” TV show

As many of you know, this last April, The California Alliance for Families and Children had been in direct contact with Fox Network executives regarding their reported plans to air a reality TV show entitled "Bad Dads," produced by 3Ball Productions. Our actions consisted of a quiet effort to educate high level Fox Network officials. See the PDF letter we sent to Fox, or read more on our home page.

We have continued to monitor this with Fox, and CAFC is proud to let you know that we have just been informed -- off the record -- by a senior network official that Fox has decided not to buy the pilot program. There may not be any official announcement by Fox of the decision; the program simply will not be aired. We were told part of the reason behind this decision was the information CAFC provided as well as the outrage the network received with calls and faxes from around the country.

CAFC was happy to join with Glenn Sacks, and Ned Holstein from Massachusetts, in this effort to impact Fox. We believe that once again, CAFC's general strategy of combining public outrage with quiet education and working directly with decision makers has proven its effectiveness.
The lesson learned again is that by working together, and picking the right issues at the right time, reformers can successfully impact decision makers -- whether political or media -- to create a level playing field. Much work is left to do, but each small victory is one step forward.

Thanks to all of you who took the time to contact the Fox Network. Without you these campaigns would not be effective.

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