Friday, September 16, 2011

Treehouse TV Allegedly Airs an R Rated Program During Their Toddler Programming

What happened today on Treehouse TV?

Just in case you need a reason to not let your kid watch cable, today Treehouse TV allegedly aired an R rated program during their toddler programming.

But don't worry guys, they are very sorry!

Today's Broadcast

by Treehouse on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 2:24pm
Dear Treehouse Viewers,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your concerns regarding this afternoon’s broadcast.

Be assured that the segment you viewed was never intended to air on Treehouse TV. We recognize we have a responsibility to provide a safe television environment to our young viewers  and remain  committed to providing high-quality programming for Canadian preschoolers.

To this end and in response to a previous incident, we recently implemented two systems to protect against inappropriate content airing on Treehouse. From our preliminary investigation of this incident, it appears there was a human error and a recent system upgrade resulted in an automated safeguard being overridden. As a result, the content in question was not rejected for broadcast as it should have been.

Moving forward, in addition to the current protocols, we’ve implemented an additional safeguard as a precautionary measure and the Treehouse programming schedule will now be manually reviewed by two distinct departments before the signal goes to air.

We apologize for this error and can assure you that we are dedicated to improving our service and value your continued viewership.


Evidently this is not the first time something like this has happened, as they accidentally showed a preview for the movie "The Ring" in the past. 

I'm sympathetic to the kids who saw the scary program.  I guess this serves as a life lesson to parents that if they are letting their kids watch cable, they need to be within earshot or have the tv visible just in case. Lucky for Aias we are too cheap to buy something like cable so he will have to get his life traumas through other means.

Not a well played move, but alas, no one's perfect, Treehouse TV and parents alike.

Here's a link to a video detailing what the little tots saw.

They were able to ensure the Treehouse logo was on the screen during the program, looks like at least one person is doing their job correctly :)

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