||Jul. 23rd, 2004 09:42 am|
With respect to the current Doonesbury storyline. |
You may be aware that news companies and broadcasters in the UK are held to higher levels of accuracy than those in the US (this is the official statement of Ofcom, which has recently taken over the tasks of the Broadcasting Standards Authority Upd and the Independent Television Commission, Oftel, the Radio Authority and the Radiocommunications Agency.).
You may *not* be aware that
Ofcom (in the typical toothless style of OfAnythings) Correction it was the ITC - must have been practicing its spinelessness for the merger) has recently ruled that these standards DO NOT APPLY to satellite broadcasters broadcasting to the UK, which should only be held to the standards of their native countries.
In other words, expect far more Fox News-style "journalism" in the UK soon.
...and, of course, Fox just used that decision as an excuse to lambast OFCOM (with another opinion piece from the same guy) and claim there's no right to free speech in the UK. I think that's one's now online somewhere...
This is, of course, entirely reasonable. The Fox News feed over Sky Digital is *the direct feed* from the USA. How on Earth would you expect our rules to be applied to a *direct foreign feed*? Thats like saying if a sateliite channel started beaming BBC 1 down to an Islamic country, that we would be forced to only show women in Islamic dress. Or would you prefer to see Ofcom banning any foreign feeds to the UK? Thats rather depriving us the opportunity to see what other people are watching - censorship writ large.
Now, if we are talking about, say, Sky News, which is UK based, the Ofcom standards do indeed apply. This is what Fox/Sky were rather pissed off about and attacked Ofcom over.
Lucky Ofcom standards don't apply to LJ, eh? ;o)