Ofcom has recently been involved in a number of high profile cases around the issue of what material is unsuitable for children or close to the limits of acceptability before the TV watershed of 9.00pm. As a result, in line with its fundamental statutory duty to ensure the protection of under-18s, Ofcom has published new guidance on television broadcasting before and soon after the watershed, and on music videos broadcast before the watershed.

This guidance should help broadcasters in deciding whether material is likely to breach the Broadcasting Code. However, activities aimed at ensuring compliance with the guidance are likely to still require considerable review, with regard to the specific elements of a programme or music video. Broadcasters can refer to a number of Ofcom decisions on the themes covered, which are quoted in the Guidance.

More information is available at:

http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/broadcast/guidance/831193/watershed-on-tv.pdf