S D DIE E N O V A B I Y L AT R A E TO N CR A IO L S U S HE OR EG FE T TR O IN SEC PR ITH IA BY JACK ROGERS W ED M Task 3 Understand the regulation of the media sector
BRITISH BOARD OF FILM CLASSIFICATION (BBFC)The British board of film the BBFC is an independent non government organization that will give any film the right classification foe example a U film is targeted at any age group 4 years of age and above a U film does not show any violence or horror scenes in the film.A PG film which stands for parental guidance is more or less the same as a u but with s ome unsuitable scenes for children the targeted age group f or this classification is 8 years and above A 12 A and a 12 is obviously targeted at 12 years of age and above The ‘12A’ category exists only for cinema films. No one younger than 12 may see a ‘12A’ film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult as scenes may upset children under 12 No-one younger than 15 may see a ‘15’ film in a cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a ‘15rated video work.No-one younger than 18 may see an ‘18’ f ilm in a cinema. No-one younger than 18 may rent or buy an ‘18’ rated video work.To be shown only in specially licensed cinemas, or supplied only in licensed sex s hops, and to adults of not less than 18 years this may show content such as sex action and horror scenes.
BRITISH VIDEO ASSOCIATIONThe BVA was established 30 years ago to represent the interests of publishers and rights owners of pre-recorded video entertainment. Today, around 8,000 titles 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 to rent or to own on portable devices and for home consumption.
FILM DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATIONThe distributors association is a distributing stance in regular represents to and consults with the uk film council, the government and other trade originations in the film industry.
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 been expanded to promote high standards within the computer games industry. Pre-recorded videos, DVDs and computer games bring entertainment, pleasure and enjoyment to many millions of people but they are also a very powerful means of communication. The video and games industries owe a duty of care to their customers and the public generally. The VSC will do its utmost to ensure that this duty is discharged. The explanations, advice and guidance contained in this website are given in good faith but in many instances relate to questions that can only be decided by a court of law. All questions requiring a definitive interpretation of the law should be answered by referring to the legislation itself or obtaining professional legal advice
OFFICE FOR COMMUNICATION (OFCOM)main legal duties are to ensure:the UK has a wide range of electronic communications services, including high-speed services such as broadband;a wide range of high-quality television and radio programmes are provided, appealing to a range of tastes and interests;television and radio services are provided by a range of different organisations;people who watch television and listen to the radio are protected from harmful or offensive material;people are protected from being treated unfairly in television and radio programmes, and from having their privacy invaded; anda universal postal service is provided in the UK – this means a six days a week, universally priced delivery and collection service across the country; andthe radio spectrum (the airwaves used by everyone from taxi firms and boat owners, to mobile-phone companies and broadcasters) is used in the most effective way.
TRADING STANDARDS CENTRALThe Trading Standards Institute was founded in 1881. It represents Trading Standards professionals in the UK, and overseas - in local authorities, business and peoples sectors and in central government.GoalsTSI has five broad corporate aims:To Support TSI Members and TS Services so the trading standards profess ion can innovate, sustain outcomes and develop new practitioners.To develop innovative solutions through anticipating and responding to the changing needs of our members.To make an operating contribution through divers ification so that our ambitions can be realised.To expand our influence and operations through International market surveillance solutions.To ensure our campaigns, products and policies have high impact
PRESS COMPLAINTSCOMMISSION (PCC)The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) is a voluntary regulatory body for British printed newspapers and magazines, consisting of representatives of the major publishers. The PCC is funded by the annual levy it charges newspapers and magazines. It has no legal powers – all newspapers and magazines voluntarily contribute to the costs of, and adhere to the rulings of, the Commission, making the industry self- regulating.