Regulatory and professional bodies within the Creative Media Sector Beth Melia Task 3 Understand the regulation of the media sector
British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) are thecompany that put the classifications on films. Without aclassification films cannot be released.Each classification depends on things such as, the genre ofthe film and how much sex, violence and bad languagethere is in the film.
British Video AssociationThe British Video Association is the trade body that represents the interests ofpublishers and rights owners of video entertainment.Video entertainment is critical for the cultural and economic success of the UKsaudiovisual sector and, in a world of evolving technology and new opportunities,the British Video Associations primary objective is to help maintain a businessenvironment with the least regulatory burdens and optimal conditions thatenables videos crucial role in the audiovisual eco-system to continue.They represent the industry’s interests collectively to: – The Media – The Government – The Public – Other Industry Organisations
Film Distributors AssociationFilm Distributors Association Ltd. (FDA) is the trade body for theatrical filmdistributors in the UK - the companies that release films for UK cinemaaudiences.They are a founder member of All Industry Marketing for Cinema (AIM), ageneric marketing body which works to increase and broaden the UK cinemaaudience across the board.FDA is a substantial supporter of the UKfilm industry - geared mainly towards thenext generation of filmmakers and audiences.
Video Standards Council (VSC) The VSC was established in 1989 as a non-profit making body set-up to develop and oversee a Code of Practice designed to promote high standards within the video industry.• The Code has subsequently beenexpanded to promote high standardswithin the computer games industry. The video and games industriesowe a duty of care to their customersand the public generally.
Office for Communication (Ofcom)Ofcom has wide-ranging powers across thetelevision, radio, telecoms and postal sectors.Their job is to protect the public from what might beconsidered harmful or offensive material.The main areas Ofcom presides over are licensing,research, codes and policies, complaints, competitionand protecting the radio spectrum from abuse.
Press Complaints Commission (PCC)The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) is avoluntary regulatory body for British printednewspapers and magazines, consisting ofrepresentatives of the major publishers.If something false is posted in a newspaper ormagazine the press complaints commission is theplace you write to, to complain.For example- The stories with the news of the worldand the phone hacking stories, the press complaintsis where everybody had to complain to.
Advertising Standards Authority(ASA). Taken from the website >• Their job is to ensure that advertising in all media is legal, decent, honest and truthful, to the benefit of consumers, business and society. Their aims are: