Ofcom – a Family at War?

As the manager at Ofcom who headed its 2016 Offensive language research, I wanted to make a few points about the regulator’s (now) controversial decision to breach the Family At War 1970-2 drama series shown on Talking Pictures TV for a… Continue

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The great Al Arabiya mystery

As consultant with leading West End media firm, Simons Muirhead, I was privileged last night to be invited on to both the Al Jazeera Arabic and English services (see picture) to seek to explain the great Al Arabiya mystery. Why… Continue

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Old films – new compliance problems

“To edit or not to edit, that is the question” is an issue often faced by standards compliance advisers. But it is rarely a more vexed point than in old films and TV programmes containing language considered acceptable at the… Continue

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Wanted: no sex at 9.03pm

There is another clear example in Ofcom’s latest Bulletin (published 4 December 2017) of why the 9pm watershed is just that – a watershed and not a waterfall. This time is was Sky1 which fell foul of Rule 1.6 (“the… Continue

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