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Editorial: Broadcasting Standards

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Do you notice how our television broadcasters have become more and more a law unto themselves.



They don't seem to have any continuing interest in consulting their viewers.  The screening of an adult programme like Roots on a Sunday evening at 8.30 pm is a case in point.  There is prolonged and explicit sex and violence on this programme, quite unsuited to children and young people.

The rules which govern Broadcasting Standards are 30 years out of date and were conceived when we had a one-channel system and are no longer fit for purpose.

At the same time, there is no longer any opportunity for viewers collectively or as individuals, to engage in any meaningful way with the channels and the people who run them.

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