The Washington Times - March 16, 2009, 09:55AM

A congresswoman wants to prohibit those annoying TV ads that boom from your set right after a quiet scene in your favorite show, Advertising Age is reporting.

Rep. Anna Eshoo, California Democrat, introduced a bill that would stop the airing of commercials that are louder than the TV shows they interrupt.


Avid TV watchers cheered the legislation, but advertisers say the government shouldn’t tell them how loud their commercials should be.

Some might say that there are more pressing issues for Congress to be concerned about than loud TV ads. They might even complain that the annoyance of having to press the Volume Down button on your remote isn’t worthy of federal attention.

But not me.  I say, anything the government can do to keep me watching TV is OK by me.

As a matter of fact, I say there’s plenty more the government needs to do:

• Ever lose your remote?  The government should mandate that every remote have a tracking device so that you can find it quickly and easily.  There is no time to waste when “Celebrity Apprentice” is on.

• Why is it that only some TVs have the “picture-in-picture” feature, which allows you to watch two shows simultaneously?  The government should require ALL television sets to have “picture-in-picture” as a standard feature.  In fact, someone should invent “picture-in-picture-in-picture-in-picture” so that you can watch everything at once all the time.  There’s only so much time in a day and way too many episodes of “America’s Next Top Model” to watch.

• Has someone delayed the dashboard TV, which allows a driver to watch television at stop lights?  Congress should definitely look into it.  I hope it’s just a temporary delay because when I’m driving, I need to know whether it’s a “Deal or No Deal.”