Reporter 402, 19 May 1997

Matter of taste

Violence and bad language are the major concerns of television viewers, according to a report by the Institute of Communications Studies for the Broadcasting Standards Commission. Nearly 1,600 adults were surveyed, and parents in particular objected to programmes they believed set a bad example – such as those with anti-social behaviour and where children do not show respect for authority. Attitudes towards the portrayal of sex were age-related with older respondents more concerned about explicit scenes. When questioned about privacy rights attitudes were influenced by the perceived social and moral status of the people involved – criminals, for example, were seen to have little or no rights to privacy from the media.

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