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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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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