Friday, 4 July 2014

TV Watershed: 50 Glorious Years

The TV watershed, which continues to be a vital tool in protecting young TV viewers, is 50 years old this month.

In July 1964, Parliament passed the law that led to measures to protect children from seeing harmful or offensive material on TV in the evenings.

Fifty years on, new Ofcom research shows that most adult TV viewers are aware of the 9pm watershed as a valued way of indicating what is suitable for young viewers.

Today, more TV viewers believe the watershed is at about the right time (78% in 2013 compared to 70% in 2008), Ofcom’s report on UK audience attitudes to broadcast media shows...

In the past five years, there have been falls in the number of viewers saying there is ‘too much’ violence (35% of adult viewers in 2013, down from 55% in 2008), sex (26% in 2013 versus 35% in 2008) and swearing (35% in 2013 versus 53% in 2008) on TV...


Latest Ofcom report.

Illustrated with the image above, showing the tidal wave of TV filth that led to the introduction of the watershed:.

1. Dixon Of Dock Green's 'E Just Fell Down The Stairs On The Way To The Cells, Sarge, Honest episode [Category: violence].

2. Steptoe & Son, a 1963 episode caused much controversy after Albert said, 'Bleeding hell, dad! You've only gone and burnt my prawn cocktails again!' twice [Category: swearing].

3. The Sapphic Life and Loves of Ena Sharples, mini-series [Category: just general sex filth, and the descecration of a much-loved British institution].

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