By Caitlin Pike
Broadcasters are to have greater freedom to show challenging and
controversial material, provided it is editorially justified and the
audience is given appropriate warning.
The regulations have been published as part of Ofcom’s broadcasting
code for television and radio. The Communications Act required Ofcom to
draw up a simplified broadcasting code, which condenses the six codes
inherited from Ofcom’s predecessors. The new code covers standards in
programmes, sponsorship, fairness and privacy.
As well as setting
standards to protect the under-18s, the code allows broadcasters as
much freedom of expression as is consistent with the law, as well as
the flexibility to differentiate between services and enable their
audiences to make informed choices.