Taste and Decency
This chapter examines issues of taste and decency and their scope in news, language, stereotyping, and privacy. There are three factors which, with others, influence the nature of the television programmes people watch or hear and have a bearing on the way they respond. They are the schedules in which the programmes are placed, the standards which they observe, and, finally, the expectations which the audience itself brings to watching or listening. The broadcasters must make judgements about content in advance of transmission. The regulators in Britain at the Independent Television Commission and the Radio Authority, and in the United States at the Federal Communications Commission, make their judgements after the programme has been broadcast. With a proliferation of stations, the problems of monitoring their outputs on a regular basis become very great and there is, in consequence, a greater reliance on complaints from the audience.
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