The importance of consent when filming

It is crucial for broadcasters to get appropriate consent from people being filmed. In a sensible and well-reasoned not in breach privacy decision on  Channel 5’s Fatal Fog: Winter Road Rescue (pictured), Ofcom sets out the sort of factors it… Continue

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When is an Ofcom sanction NOT an Ofcom sanction?

This issue was highlighted by the recent Ofcom decision to order Channel 4 News to broadcast a summary of its determination that the programme had seriously breached Rule 5.1 of the Broadcasting Code (lack of due accuracy in news).

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Ofcom, BBC and due impartiality: six months on

No – they are not hunting for an Ofcom decision on the BBC and due impartiality – but for snails. They might as well have been hunting for that elusive Ofcom published decision though because there have not been any.

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The issue worth £150m a year to broadcasters

While you were away on holiday you may not have noticed that the issue of children’s exposure to gambling adverts exploded into the headlines again. The amount spend on TV gambling adverts last year jumped by 43% to £150 million compared to 2012.

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Keep Up to Date with Ofcom Guidance

Ofcom publishes Guidance online to supplement the Ofcom Broadcasting Code. It is important and regularly updated. Although allegedly only Guidance, Ofcom must take account of it when applying the Code. So always be alert to changes to Ofcom Guidance and… Continue

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