The regulation of broadcasting content poses a dilemma between the need for intervention in order to protect the interests of the public on the one hand, and considerations for freedom of expression on the other hand Freedman , p. Policymakers justify intervention in broadcasting content, due to the significant level of influence that the media has over our lives. For producers, part of the appeal of this form of programming rests with the low production costs and with the widespread public appeal. Sometimes, however, boundaries are pushed too far in these programmes, leading to calls for regulatory intervention in broadcasting content.
The protracted legal fight over broadcast indecency is continuing after the Supreme Court wiped out penalties against three TV networks but left the constitutionality of the Federal Communications Commission's policy unresolved. Now, the FCC faces pressures from broadcasters and free-speech advocates on one side and anti-indecency groups on the other over how to deal with a backlog of 1. Federal law prohibits obscenity, indecency or profanity on broadcast channels, though not on cable or satellite systems. Broadcasters say the policy limits their ability to compete with cable systems, but anti-indecency groups say over-the-air television should be kept as family-friendly as possible.
Broadcast law is the field of law that pertains to broadcasting. These laws and regulations pertain to radio stations and TV stations , and are also considered to include closely related services like cable TV and cable radio , as well as satellite TV and satellite radio. Likewise, it also extends to broadcast networks. Broadcast law includes technical parameters for these facilities, as well as content issues like copyright , profanity , and localism or regionalism. The Radio Act of was the first major broadcasting law in the country.
On Tuesday 1 December, the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations introduced a series of restrictions on the pornography produced and sold in the UK. This means some sex acts have been banned from content produced and sold in Britain. Here is a quick guide to what actually happened today and how it affects what porn people can consume. Pornography produced in the UK was effectively censored on Tuesday after an amendment was made to the Communications Act. Abusive language during sex is now also banned, alongside depictions of non-consensual sex.