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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December tip: use that Ofcom research!

It is easy to ignore or overlook Ofcom’s research on the media. On 29 November 2017 for example the regulator published Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes 2017 report. This is an annual report but it provides detailed evidence on media… Continue

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November tip: don’t forget the informal

When dealing with an Ofcom issue many broadcasters just read the Code, other published documents and consult any relevant formal guidance. If there is an investigation they deal with Ofcom only through formal correspondence. My tip is do not neglect… Continue

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