CASE NUMBER: 17/2017 – HIBBERS AND BENSON VS E.TV – HARMFUL TO CHILDREN

APPEAL

The broadcaster appeals against the BCCSA adjudication that its broadcast of the series ’Unusual Suspects’ on 17 May 2017 between 17:30 and 18:30 was in contravention of clause 6(1) of the Broadcasting Code whereby a fine of R10 000 was imposed. 

The Tribunal revisited the meaning of ’child’ as per clause 1 of the BCCSA Code including that of BRC in line with the broadcaster’s understanding when scheduling its programmes. To manage the latter risk the Tribunal urge all broadcasters to consistently apply clause 6(1) of the Broadcasting Code with the common understanding that a child is any person below the age of 18. 

The broadcaster’s appeal was upheld.

COMPLAINT

Complaint was received that the broadcaster should refrain from broadcasting of material which glamorises violence such as ’Unusual Suspects’ between 17:30 and 18:30 when a large number of children could have been watching. 

The Tribunal revisited the meaning of ’child’ as per clause 1 of the Broadcasting Code including that of BRC in line with the broadcaster’s understanding when scheduling its programmes. To manage the latter risk the Tribunal urge all broadcasters to consistently apply the Broadcasting Code with the common understanding that a child is any person below the age of 18.

The complaint was not upheld.  

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