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Unit 1: Task 9Legal/Ethical Issues andRegulationAlice Mutch
Possible impact on audience• There is no swearing or inappropriate language during Miranda asit’s at 8pm, which is classed as day time television so it’s got to besuitable for people of all ages to watch.‘We must not include the strongest language before the watershed’• No violence is aired on the Miranda show due to the time of theprogramme and as the genre is a comedy there’s no need forviolence.‘Violence, its aftermath and descriptions of violence, broadcast in prewatershed programmes, it must be appropriate to the likelyaudience and editorially justified.’• Nudity is forbidden on Miranda‘Nudity before the watershed or in online content likely to appeal to asignificant proportion of children’
Relevant Laws• General Laws: what effect breaking the law might have on the BBC, andwhat the effect might be on the people concerned.‘There may be occasions where providing accurate, impartial and faircoverage in the public interest involves possible conflict with the law.’• Defamation: This is when an individual can sue for damage to theirreputation caused by material broadcast to a third party, includingmaterial published online.‘If involved in an action for defamation there are a number of possibledefenses but, generally, broadcasters will need to have good evidence toback up what they say’• Privacy: When broadcasting a story which contains privateinformation, each piece of private information will need to be consideredseparately.‘If there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, the court will seek to balancethe individual’s right to privacy against the media’s right to freedom ofexpression’
• Contempt: contempt of court is the body of law whichprotects the integrity of the legal process from outsideinfluence.‘These rules apply to all courts and tribunals exercising thejudicial authority state’• Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Rights: Thisincludes copyright, moral rights, performers rights, trademarks, patents and designs and rights to prevent “passingoff” and breach of confidence.‘Advice must be sought from the Talent and Rights NegotionsGroup (TRNG) in Rights and Business Affairs about thecommissioning or clearance of copyright for use in BBCprogrammes or the contracting of performers.’
Relevant Regulatory BodiesThere are a range of regulatory bodies in the UK thatoversee different parts of the Media• Ofcom – the “Communications Regulator” responsiblefor regulating TV and radio – eg. enforcing the“watershed”• BBFC – British Board of Film Classification –responsible for providing age ratings for films• The BBC – as a Public Service Broadcaster, has its ownvery strict guidelines about what it can and cannotbroadcast