Regulation and Black Mirror part 2


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Regulation and Black Mirror part 2

  1. 1.  Learning objectives: to explore broadcasting regulations surrounding Black Mirror. Learning outcomes: to have a thorough knowledge of Black Mirror and how it was regulated.
  2. 2. • UK communication fast facts• 74 per cent of adults have broadband• 6.8 Mbit/s is the average actual broadband speed• 48 per cent of adults have a social networking profile• 23.7 million residential fixed landlines• 91 per cent of adults personally own/use a mobile phone• 129 billion text messages sent in 2010• 60 per cent of households own an HD-Ready TV• 54 per cent of households have a games console
  3. 3.  Read through the OFCOM report and highlight any information that you feel forms a part of Black Mirror’s social commentary.
  4. 4. Ofcom’s Director of Research, James Thickett, said:•“Ofcom’s 2011 Communications Market Report showsthe influence that communications technology now hason our daily lives, and on the way we behave andcommunicate with each other.•“Our research into the use of smartphones, inparticular, reveals how quickly people become relianton new technology, to the point of feeling ‘addicted’.”
  5. 5.  Listen to James Thickett discuss the findings of the Communications Market Report on the Radio 4 Today programme. (broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 4th August 2011. Make a note of information that is relevant to how Channel 4 continues to embrace new technologies.
  6. 6. Accessing Black Mirror 
  7. 7. Using the information below from the C4 website,make a spider-diagram of the key aspects of 4OD.  Channel 4 has been a pioneer in VoD. It was the first broadcaster to launch a comprehensive video-on-demand service in 2006 and the first UK broadcaster to make all its archived content available online, alongside catch up, free of charge. 4oD is the UKs leading commercial VoD platform, available online at and via YouTube, on TV platforms via Virgin Media, BT Vision and TalkTalk, as a catch up service on PS3, and as a download-to-own proposition on iTunes.
  8. 8.  Learning objectives: to examine the relevance of the Digital Economy Act 2010 and complaints made ot OFCOM about the programme Learning outcomes: to link the Act to Black Mirror and have examined complaints made to OFCOM about the programme
  9. 9. Starter Debate and discuss the following information…  /16/top-100-most-complained-about-tv-shows-2011
  10. 10. 2010 Digital Economy Act The Digital Economy Act 2010 requires Channel 4 to participate in: the making of a broad range of relevant media content of high quality that, taken as a whole, appeals to the tastes and interests of a culturally diverse society; the making of high quality films intended to be shown to the general public at the cinema in the United Kingdom; the broadcasting and distribution of such content and films; the making of relevant media content that consists of news and current affairs; the making of relevant media content that appeals to the tastes and interests of older children and young adults; the broadcasting or distribution by means of electronic communications networks of feature films that reflect cultural activity in the United Kingdom (including third party films), and the broadcasting or distribution of relevant media content by means of a range of different types of electronic communications networks.Which of these points are relevant for Black Mirror? Highlight key terms in the Act and match these to textual evidence from Black Mirror.
  11. 11. “I OBJECT!”Black Mirror "pig sex" sparks 332 complaints. 7 December, 2011 | By Balihar KhalsaReport from,The first episode of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror attracted more than 300 complaints to Ofcom and Channel 4. The drama trilogy kicked off with a fictional storyline about a Prime Minister being blackmailed into having sex with a pig. It was broadcast at 9pm on Sunday 4 December and has attracted over 132 complaints to Ofcom and around 200 complaints directly to C4. The nature of the complaints is understood to be around the harm and offence guidelines. The episode started with the Prime Minster being woken up in the middle of the night to be told a member of the royal family had been snatched. Her kidnapper was demanding he has intercourse with a pig live on TV. The rest of the programme looked at how the PM dealt with the situation against the backdrop of growing pressure from the public after the blackmail video was uploaded to YouTube.A C4 spokesman said: “Charlie Brooker is a unique voice in drama and Channel 4 is there to give a space to those kinds of voices. “Black Mirror used a challenging plot to make a serious point about the difficulties faced by those in power as the internet enables news to spread faster than they can cope with. “Nothing graphic was shown and appropriate content warnings were given before the programme was broadcast.”Black Mirror was ordered by head of comedy Shane Allenand produced by Endemol’s Zeppotron.1. Which guidelines provided by OFCOM were accused of being broken?2. What defence is offered by C4? Is this comparable to other ‘unique voices’ on C4?
  12. 12. Complaints made to Ofcom (including Black Mirror)  ment/broadcast-bulletins/obb213/obb213.pdf