British Launch Study On TV Violence

Ofcom, the British version of the Federal Communications Commission, will launch a study seeking to gain a sense of popular opinion about violence on TV in the U.K. The group has commissioned the independent research with results scheduled to be made public next year.

Britain has rules affecting the type of violence that can be shown before the 9 p.m. “watershed” hour, including no content “unsuitable” for children. Also, depictions of violence and its “after-effects” — whether “verbal or physical” — must be “appropriately limited” and “justified by context.”

The research aims to provide a sense of “viewers’ attitudes” and “areas of particular concern” regarding particular types of violence. Ofcom noted there has been a “lack of recent detailed studies” on the matter.

Word of the research came as Ofcom ruled the Channel 4 soap “Hollyoaks,” launched in 1995 and targeting teens and young adults, violated regulations regarding violence on TV.

Ofcom received a complaint about a scene where a speeding train killed a character. The viewer considered it overly violent as it ran close to 7 p.m. when many children might have been watching.

“Hollyoaks,” which airs each weeknight, often deals with matters such as “sexual abuse, domestic violence and drugs.”
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  1. Leslie Moore from Moore Kids Books, August 29, 2013 at 9:31 a.m.

    I applaud the study and look forward to reading the results. I believe there is consequences to what our children watch on TV.

    Leslie Moore, Author
    Moore Kids Books

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