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All public access programming must now be rated under the TV ratings system currently in use, and each program must display the appropriate TV ratings icon on-screen.  The TV ratings icon must be displayed on-screen in the upper left corner of the TV screen for 15 seconds at the beginning of all programs.  If your program contains any PSA’s or non commercial breaks you are required to add a ratings icon for 15 seconds after each break.  If your program does not contain any breaks the rating icon will only need to be at the beginning of the show. 

The size specifications for the TV ratings icons is as follows:
The Icon must appear during the first 15 seconds at the beginning of Program:
SD Large Icon:   136 pixels wide x 106 pixels high
All icons must have white letters on a black background.

Example of Acceptable Format for On-Screen TV Ratings Icon:


The following categories apply to programs designed for the entire audience:

TV-G    General Audience.  Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages.  Although this rating does not signify a program designed specifically for children, most parents may let younger children watch this program unattended.  It contains little or no violence, no strong language and little or no sexual dialogue or situations.

TV-PG   Parental Guidance Suggested.  This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.  Many parents may want to watch it with their younger children. The theme itself may call for parental guidance and/or the program contains one or more of the following:  moderate violence (V), some sexual situations (S), infrequent coarse language (L), or some suggestive dialogue (D).

TV-14            Parents Strongly Cautioned.  This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.  Parents are strongly urged to exercise greater care in monitoring this program and are cautioned against letting children under the age of 14 watch unattended.  This program contains one or more of the following:  intense violence (V), intense sexual situations (S), strong coarse language (L), or intensely suggestive dialogue (D).

TV-MA    Mature Audience Only.  This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.  This program contains one or more of the following:  graphic violence (V), explicit sexual activity (S), or crude indecent language (L).