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  • 1. Regulatory and professional bodies within the Creative Media Sector Jake Dargan
  • 2. British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is anindependent body which was originally established bythe film industry in 1912. Local Authorities were maderesponsible for what was shown in cinemas and fromearly on accepted the decisions of the BBFC. Thereare obvious benefits to both Local Authorities and thefilm industry in having a central but independent bodybring consistency to the classification process andaccept responsibility for decisions.Source:
  • 3. British Video AssociationThe BVA was established 30 years ago to representthe interests of publishers and rights owners of pre-recorded video entertainment. Today, around 8,000titles are released every year in the UK, on DVD, Blu-ray Discs and 3D Blu-ray Discs through to Digital TV-based and web-based internet services, available torent or to own on portable devices and for homeconsumption.Source:
  • 4. Film Distributors AssociationFilm Distributors Association Ltd. (FDA) is the trade body fortheatrical film distributors in the UK - the companies that releasefilms for UK cinema audiences. Originally established inLondon in 1915, FDA liaises and works with many individuals,companies and organisations. FDAs Council, or board,comprising a senior representative of each member company,normally meets six times a year and considers only matters ofgeneric interest to film distributors.Source:
  • 5. Video Standards Council (VSC)The VSC was established in 1989 as a non-profit making bodyset-up to develop and oversee a Code of Practice designed topromote high standards within the video industry. The Code hassubsequently been expanded to promote high standards withinthe computer games industry. Pre-recorded videos, DVDs andcomputer games bring entertainment, pleasure and enjoymentto many millions of people but they are also a very powerfulmeans of communication.Source:
  • 6. Office for Communication (Ofcom)Ofcom is the communications regulator.We regulate the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms,mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wirelessdevices operate.We make sure that people in the UK get the best from theircommunications services and are protected from scams andsharp practices, while ensuring that competition can thrive.Ofcom operates under the Communications Act 2003. Thisdetailed Act of Parliament spells out exactly what Ofcom shoulddo – we can do no more or no less than is spelt out in the Act.Source:
  • 7. Trading Standards CentralThe Trading Standards Institute is a professional membershipassociation formed in 1881. It represents trading standardsprofessionals in the UK and overseas - in local authorities, thebusiness and consumer sectors and in central government.It exists to promote and protect the success of a modern vibranteconomy, and to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing ofcitizens by enhancing the professionalism of members insupport of empowering consumers, encouraging honestbusiness and targeting rogue traders.Source:
  • 8. Press Complaints Commission (PCC)The PCC is an independent self-regulatory bodywhich deals with complaints about the editorialcontent of newspapers and magazines (and theirwebsites). We keep industry standards high bytraining journalists and editors, and work pro-activelybehind the scenes to prevent harassment and mediaintrusion. We can provide pre-publication advice tojournalists and the public and have published adviceon dealing with media attention after a death.Source:
  • 9. Advertising Standards Authority(ASA).The Advertising Standards Authority is the UK’sindependent regulator of advertising across all media.We apply the Advertising Codes, which are written bythe Committees of Advertising Practice. Our workincludes acting on complaints and proactivelychecking the media to take action against misleading,harmful or offensive advertisements.Source: