Broadcasting regulations in the uk

Journalism Notes:

Ofcom:
The communications regulator within the uk, providing authority and protection within media. They are accountable to parliament and appeal to a wide range of interests and beliefs.
  • Related the communications act of 2003
  • They have authority over; TV and radio, looking at sponsorships, product placement to allow fairness and privacy.
  • The code had been drafted from the human rights act of 1998 looking specificity at right of freedom and expression. 
  • They ensure people get the best from their communication services and protect people against scams and sharp practices. 
  • They are funded from a grant-aid by the Government.
  • It also sets rules for certain sectors powering communication laws. 
  • They provide fast services such as broadband and a huge range of programmes and topics to provide entrainment for all.
  • People are automatically protected against harmful, offensive material within TV and radio. Also being protected from having their privacy invaded. 
  • … and viewers of a demand service are protected against harmful content. 
Ofcom does not regulate adverts, bbc world service, licence fee or print media of any sort. 

Ofcom & BBC:
Ofcome has been regulating the BBC since 2016, demeaning that audiences can expect high quality , original, entertaining and thought provoking material. They are also promised that they can completely trust what they see and hear. 
  • They have the regulatory responsibility for all areas within the BBC, including content standards, accuracy and impartiality of news or any programs covering political & controverisal issues or current public policy. 
… although Ofcom holds the BBC accountable under its rules and their broadcasting code. 
  • ‘BBC first’ means that the BBC handles all the complaints on the first time round. If the audience are not satisfied with the BBC’s response they can further take it to Ofcom themselves. 
  • The BBC & Ofcom both hold obligations to consider the impacts of the BBC’s activity on fairness an effectiveness.

The broadcasting code: 
  • Protection of youth – a watershed is put in place from 21:00 to 05:30 each day.
  • Harm and offensive that content might have an impact on. 
  • Crime, disorder, hatred and abuse; doesn’t allow any incentive to crime, terrorism etc. 
  • Religion; never exploit a religion or belief as it would cause an offensive to the audiences. 
  • A promise that all material is accurate and a promise of authenticity, views and perspective must be protected. 
  • Elections and referendums; to make sure that special requirements are made on top of the communications act of 2003 based on electoral events and broadcasted elements. 
  • Fairness; ensuring all audiences have a right of fairness avidoing all unfair treatment. 
  • Privacy; broadcasters must avoid all invasion of privacy especially in connection to obtaining material. 
  • Commercial referencing within TV; broadcasters maintain editorial independence and control over programming making no link between a program and a sponsor.  
  • News & current affairs must not be sponsored!
  • Commercial referencing within radio; ensuring the transparency of commercial communications meaning safe customer protection.