hanklee Posted February 9, 2007 Share Posted February 9, 2007 The following article was posted on February 8 in The Australian Media THE Australian Communications and Media Authority inquiry into reality television programming is likely to leave Communications Minister Helen Coonan with little room to move if major submissions to the inquiry are followed. Senator Coonan instructed the ACMA to hold the inquiry after vociferous complaints about the "turkey slapping" incident in Network Ten's Big Brother household last year. But Media understands a number of submissions will argue that the incendiary incident didn't occur on TV, rather streaming internet, and the industry's response was swift and satisfactory. An ACMA spokesman said a number of parties had been allowed extensions for their submissions and they would be made public "some time next week". The authority is on track to deliver a report to the minister in April. Major submissions from TV industry lobby group Free TV Australia, the Screen Producers Association of Australia and the Australian Screen Directors Association are expected to argue for, essentially, the status quo. Sources suggest they will defend the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice and its implementation. Any recommendations are only likely to concern clarification of ACMA's guidelines. Also, the inquiry's attempt to define reality TV as a sub-genre worthy of particular regulation will be argued against. Some submissions explain live TV is the genre and reality TV should be regulated just as would any other form of broadcast. While a number of interested critics of reality TV, or Big Brother in particular, including Family First and Young Media Australia, have made submissions, one interested party suggested any major upheaval of the regulatory framework for such programming is unlikely. "The heat's gone out of the issue and it was dealt with pretty well when it happened," they said. "But who knows what will happen in an election year?" However, one submission seen by Media labels the industry's code of practice as "pathetic". There will be much political polemic in some submissions, with some in the TV industry fearing the recent Celebrity Big Brother row in Britain might have reignited community concerns here. But the "victim" of racial vilification, Shilpa Shetty, in that instance was voted the winner and the "racists", including popular star Jade Goody, were pilloried. Southern Star Endemol is also said to be casting "more adult" Big Brother contestants for the upcoming series, with one intention being the expected reduction of juvenile behaviour. While TV industry groups might be expected to support the industry code, their case is likely to be supported by an independent submission from nine academics, including University of Sydney's Associate Professor Catharine Lumby and Dr Kath Albury, and University of Queensland's Professor Graeme Turner. Media understands it draws together much empirical research on reality TV and debunks a number of misconceptions about reality TV's audience and their ability to enforce "community standards" through their viewing. It also contends reality TV contributes to social learning and public debate, a notion recently emphasised in the British experience. The variety of sanctions able to be imposed upon breaches of the code and the manner in which ACMA's guidelines can be enforced will be a major focus of submissions. It is believed Free TV will propose advisory notes be formulated ACMA for clearer understanding of the guidelines. Opponents of the code will argue for swifter penalties, including in some cases, immediate removal of "offensive" programs. My take on this article is that since the Turkey Slap incident took place on Live Stream and not on Live TV there is little room for action by the governing body for TV broadcasting. additionally, it is felt that the action taken by the Big Brother Staff was swift and appropriate for the nature of the offense. Basicly, the incident is over and lets get on with it. http://theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21188217-7582,00.html Hank :ninja::ninja: Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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