The network that brought us "Melrose Place" and "Married . . . With Children" announced yesterday that it will start rating its programs for sex and violence.
Fox Television said it will institute a movielike rating system regardless of what other broadcasters use to inaugurate the V-chip - an electronic filter allowing parents to block out violent and salacious programs in their homes.
Television manufacturers already are developing the equipment.
"Our goal is to help parents by providing them with information while continuing to respect the creative freedom of our producers," said Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., which owns Fox.