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Regulation in television – Blog 30/01/2014, Robert Gray

February 10, 2014

Regulation in television

 

Watershed -> Adults past 9pm

More explicit adult material tends to be shows later around 10:30. However it is still allowed after the watershed.

The parental lock that some service providers use works as a watershed.

At the start of some programs and in the guide, offers consumer advice on programs.

This is also the case for advertising.

OFCOM – The independent regulator. (state regulator)

Specification of broadcast code.

Provides mandatory broadcast rules.

This covers :

  • Protection of under 18’s  (The law)
  • Harm and offence (no obscene)
  • Crime (glorification)
  • Religion (Blasphemy)
  • Sponsorship (limit what can be shown )
  • Elections (Has to be impartial)
  • Privacy (faces blurred & schools children’s feet shown)

Remember : All TV companies need a licence to broadcast.

PSB

For wider information see pages 44-53, Required.

Educate, inform as well as entertain.

BBC – Act as a cultural (e.g. Glastonbury ) moral (crime watch) and educative force.

ITV – They also have so PSB requirements however remember a commercial channels aim is maximise revenues and profits.

Channel 4 – Was set up to cater for minorities.

Their legal duty to:

  1. Educate, inform as well as entertain.
  2. Appeal to tastes not catered for by ITV.
  3. Encourage diversity and originality.

Channel 4 is no longer like it was but still does cater for minorities e.g. “The undateables”

Arguments for PSB:

  • BBC is able to put on niche programs, due to the licence fee otherwise certain programs would disappear e.g. The opera
  • Quality rather than ratings
  • Maintain principle of enlightened democracy
  • Continue the idea of a shared experience

Arguments against PSB:

  • Out dated
  • Irrelevant
  • Elitist
  • Restricts competition which could bring increased choice and ‘quality’

OFCOM

This offers:

  1. Protection for harmful exposure (remember – the effects debate)
  2. Infringement of privacy
  3. Unfair treatment
  4. People can complain – the right to defend themselves.

They can :

  • Direct a broadcaster not to repeat programs and advertisements
  • Direct to publish a correction
  • It can fine, shorten or revoke.

Ofcom have a compliance officer (lawyers)

The most recent code of broadcasting is from 2009.

It also operates taking this into account:

The human rights act à We have a right to know.

The BBC is regulated by Ofcom however it is also regulated by the BBC trust.

Relevant information

Key word: Adjunctions

Majestic TV – fined for breaking code (£12,500) – the debate, is this enough?

 

Lesson – 24/10/2013 Media Studies Blog – Robert Gray

November 4, 2013

PSB – (PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTER)

WBCC – Window of creative Competition (2003)

  • 25% of original programmes on BBC must be independent

Background Knowledge

The apprentice was made by Fremantle Uk Who is owned by RTL GP they are owned by Bertelsmann – Who also own many other companies including a magazine, which may do an article on the apprentice.

There are 25 different versions of The Apprentice – one way to tell it is successful.

You could say The Apprentice is the perfect PSB Programme as it is:

  • Informative
  • Entertaining

The international programmes for each country allows them to be culturally specific – therefore be more successful in the country shown – a good example of globalisation.

Key term – GLOCAL

-> GLOBAL

-> LOCAL

Scott and Bailey

–          Red production (successful for 25 years)

–          Still going now

–          The programme its self is on its 3rd series which is also a measure of success