Reporter 402, 19 May 1997
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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