Monday, June 6, 2005
The Media Guardian reports that the BBC is already lodging objections to an upcoming Ofcom study of the influence that soap operas have on young viewers. The UK networks claim they have always been careful about the kind of language they allow on such shows and are apparently alleging that the report overstates the bad effects that watching shows such as the long-running and popular Eastenders has on children and teens. The UK discussion parallels the long-running US discourse over the impact of TV on children and young adults. The Ofcom report is due out later in the summer. It forms part of a more specialized report taken and refined from a broader review of all of UK television, which Ofcom has already made public. See that material here.