So what will they do when the soaps are rated 12?…Reg Bailey calls for UK TV programmes to be rated as per film classifications

Posted: 5 May, 2014 in BBC, Nutters
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Coronation Street Best 2000 2009 DVD Reg Bailey, censorship campaigner and chief executive of the Mothers’ Union, who ‘advises’ Downing Street on thesexualisation and commercialisation of childhood, has called forthe introduction of a cinema-style ratings system for all broadcast content.He insisted the rise in time-shifted viewing of TV — on the internet or other catch-up services — meant the old 9pm watershed could not survive in its current form:

If you go to the age-rated system — 12, 12A, PG — it is simpler and has a high trust level.

Figures show ten per cent of all television viewing is now time-shifted rather than live.

Vivienne Pattison, director of campaign group Mediawatch-UK, said:

I am the parent of a seven-year-old who has no concept of linear television. He has no idea of not watching when he wants to watch. If you have a young teenage audience at 6.30pm and then you put out a version with extra spicy bits later at night — well, who do you think that is aimed at?

She suggested curious youngsters were using catch-up services to watch shows as Channel 4’s The Joy of Teen Sex and My Daughter the Teenage Nudist, as well as the post-watershed spin-off of the soap opera Hollyoaks.

Tony Close, director of content standards at Ofcom, said:

The TV watershed is an important way to protect children. We recognise the growth of on-demand TV viewing poses new challenges. We are working with government to ensure that children remain protected.

A spokesman for the Culture, Media and Sport department said:

More needs to be done to ensure safety measures and tools that prevent children watching post-watershed programmes, such as [parental] locks and Pin protection, are more widely used. We will keep progress under close review and if necessary consider the case for legislation to ensure that audiences are protected to the level they choose.

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