Television is highly regulated because of its mass audience with a mixture of demographics, ethnicity and religion. It is a platform people trust and find credible. This is why regulation is strict and broadcasters have to abide. However it is hard not to upset audiences now and again. Ofcom, The Office of Communications, is a government approved regulatory and competition authority for broadcasters, telecommunication and postal industries. Ofcom set the rules that the industries must follow. The broadcasters themselves then have their own self-regulations.
This is something I will undertake over the next few months, as it will educate me on the regulatory expectations of television. It will teach me the must not’s in programming such as, ‘exploring editorial dilemmas around shooting/recording, editing, interactivity, live broadcasting and 'as lives', and running competitions.’ (BBC, 2007) If I complete the Safeguarding Trust it will also look good to employers that I have taken my time to consider these broadcasting compliances.
BBC, 2007. Safeguarding Trust, Introdcution. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/safeguardingtrust/introduction/index.shtml. [accessed 12th December 2012]