262MC Format Production Blog Task 3

– Choose a subject area that is likely to offend or shock (e.g. sex, drugs, violence, humiliation, nudity) and consider what context would make the material appropriate for broadcast on UK TV. (Taste and Decency)

The subject that I have chosen to explore in this blog task is nudity. One show that has recently received lots of complaints about what its shows is naked attraction on channel 4. The programme received up to 98 complaints.


Showing nudity on television is only acceptable after watershed 9pm. However full frontal nudity can be acceptable if there is an educational purpose to it. For example a show that complies with this is embarrassing bodies, which is also shown on Channel 4.

In the Channel 4 Producers handbook they stated ‘Blurring or pixilation, both before and after the watershed, is one way in which otherwise unacceptably explicit material may be rendered acceptable. However, there may be circumstances where, even following pixilation, scenes remain too suggestive or graphic.’


– What is the “duty of care” you have, as a programme maker, to your audience and to a contributor (studio guest or interviewee)?

As a producer of a programme I have a duty of care, to make sure that the show run’s smoothly, I also have to make sure that the television programme with all the various material that I will possibly use go along with the guidelines of taste and decency .For the audience who is watching at home I also have to make sure that if there is any material that is rated 15 or 18+ that there is a clear warning before the material is shown after watershed timing.

For the contributors on my show I would get them to sign a consent form, which lists which list everything that they will be doing so they are made aware of it and it also protects me as a producer for legal reasons. For example if they’d come back and said that they never agreed to a certain segment of the show I can use the consent form as evidence. Part of my other duty of care rules with the contributors such as a studio guest or an interviewee is to make sure that they are well looked after and not been left feeling neglected.

–  What are the rules around broadcasting creative work (music, film, art, poetry, readings etc) made by another artist in your programme?

When using the work of someone else you can use it if:

  • Copyright has expired.
  • Your use of the work is fair dealing as defined under the 1988 Copyright Designs and Patents Act (UK).
  • Your use of the work is covered under a licensing scheme that you have subscribed to and the copyright holder is a member of.
  • The copyright holder has given you permission.





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