We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Catch-up TV slammed by MediaWatchUK

BBC iPlayer and 4oD let kids watch after watershed

Online catch-up TV services have been slammed by MediaWatch UK.

The organisation, which was founded by the the late clean-up campaigner Mary Whitehouse as the National Viewers' and Listeners Association, claims both the BBC's iPlayer and Channel 4's 4oD, along with other catch-up services, are ignoring the traditional 9pm watershed for adult-themed shows.

The watch anything online anytime option means younger viewers can potentially watch unsuitable programmes, including HBO's True Blood - shown on Channel 4 - and the BBC's Spooks and The Graham Norton Show, unsupervised claims Mediawatch UK.

The group's new director Vivienne Pattison accused broadcasters of paying "lip-service" to the need to protect children.

"The technology has moved ahead of the regulation and that's the problem," Pattison told The Telegraph.

"Ofcom's most recent research found that fewer than a third of parents use parental controls or are confident about how to use them. And often it's children of parents who cannot or will not do something about it who are the ones you are most concerned about," she added.

Mediawatch UK's solution is to password protect online streaming TV channels from the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and others, something they intend to campaign strongly on in 2010.

"This is a really obvious one, it would be simple to do and we hope to campaign on it big next year," Pattison added.

According to their website, Mediawatch UK actively campaigns for socially responsible broadcasting and against content that is offensive and harmful, for example violence, swearing and pornography.

Broadband speed test

See also: BBC iPlayer lets kids watch 'inappropriate' TV


IDG UK Sites

Best camera phone of 2015: iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 vs One M9 vs Nexus 6

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 of price of Retina iMac with new model