China – Ofcom’s sanctions headache

Ofcom’s decision (Bulletin 406) to find China’s state TV station broke fairness and privacy rules by broadcasting the ‘forced confession’ of British former journalist Peter Humphrey (pictured) has thrust the regulator onto the sharp horns of a high profile sanctions… Continue

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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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Three things you should know about Ofcom and terrorism

FIRST – Ofcom has new powers to revoke licences of radio stations that broadcast terrorist material. This week saw Ofcom use for the first time its powers to suspend and then close down a radio station for serious breaches of the Broadcasting Code.

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Freaking Versus Fu**ing: Broadcasters Beware?

Has Ofcom increased the liability of broadcasters for the most offensive language? That may be the implication of the Resolved finding against Channel 5 for an edition of the ‘Wright Stuff’ published in today’s Ofcom Bulletin.

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