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BSA issues new pay television code

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BSA issues new pay television code

The BSA has approved a new code of broadcasting practice for pay television, effective 1 August 2006.

The code is based on four principles which balance adult freedom with responsibility to the vulnerable.

"It will come as no surprise that one of the principles is that adult viewers should be able to make informed choices about what they wish to see and hear on subscription TV," said BSA Chair Joanne Morris.

Like the codes for radio and free to air television, the pay TV code is based on the responsibilities broadcasters have under the Broadcasting Act 1989. "Those responsibilities are about such things as standards for the protection of children," said Ms Morris. "In the case of pay TV, that includes promoting the filtering technology available to subscribers to the digital service."
Few complaints are received about pay TV programmes.
The new code is available from the BSA or from its website.

Link to code

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