TV and radio are a part of our daily lives. Whether we’re at home, work or travelling in a car, most of us switch on or tune in at some point during the day. Live TV continues to have the greatest reach of all UK media formats, with 92% of people watching each week in 2016. Furthermore, nine in ten adults tuned into the radio, listening for an average of three hours daily.
Our job at Ofcom is to set and enforce the rules that help protect viewers and listeners from harmful and offensive content on TV and radio. To do this, it’s essential that we keep up to date with what people consider offensive, and what they expect of broadcasters. As times change and people’s attitudes shift, it’s also important that broadcasting rules strike the right balance. Broadcasters need to be able to reflect real life situations, while being aware of what people consider offensive, and why.
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