Regulatory and Professional Bodies within the Creative Media Sector
Regulatory and Professional Bodies within the Creative Media Sector Luke Taylor Task 3 Understand the regulation of the media sector
British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)The BBFC, is the organisation which gives films theirclassifications such as PG, U, 12.It was set up in 1912.The BBFC have never accepted funds off the government toensure that it stays independent.The Video Recordings Act was passed in 1984 by Parliament.It is funded by the film industryIt is required to classify videos, DVD and games.
British Video AssociationThe BVA was established over 30 years ago.It was used to represent the interests of publishers and rightsowners of pre-recorded video entertainment.The BVAs members account for some 90% of this£2.25billion industry and include film companies, televisioncompanies and independent labels which produce, license anddistribute film, sport and fitness, music video, TV, childrens andspecial interest programming.The BVA’s work falls under five different main areas: research,media relations & marketing, public affairs, industry liaison andcharitable activites.
Film Distributors AssociationThe FDA is the voice of the UK film industry.They represent a distribution stance in regular representationsto and consultations with the UK Film Council.They are a the founder member of All Industry Marketing forCinema (AIM).They represent the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC)FDA is a substantial supporter of the UK film industry - gearedmainly towards the next generation of filmmakers andaudiences.
Video Standards Council (VSC)The VSC was established in 1989 as a non-profit making bodyset-up to develop and oversee a Code of Practice.It is designed to promote high standards within the videoindustry.The Code of Practice incorporates the Code of Practice Ruleswhich are a mixture of the law, proper business practices andcommon sense.It established a Code of Practice designed to promote highstandards within the video industry and to ensure that pre-recorded videos and DVDs are provided to the public in aresponsible manner.The Code has subsequently been expanded to promote highstandards within the computer games industry.
Office for Communication (Ofcom)It is a communications regulator.They regulate the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms,mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wirelessdevices operate.Ofcom operates under the Communications Act 2003.Ofcom is funded by fees from industry.The Act says that Ofcom’s general duties should be to furtherthe interests of citizens and of consumers. Meeting these twoduties is at the heart of everything we do.
Trading Standards CentralTrading standards professionals enforce consumer relatedlegislation, legislation which is vast and constantly evolving andchanging.TSI influences much of that evolution through the work of ourlead officers.The trading standards work with professionals specialising indifferent areas of responsibility.They are influenced by working with the Government andstakeholders.And campaigning on issues raised on behalf of consumers andbusiness.
Press Complaints Commission (PCC)The PCC is an independent body which administers the systemof self-regulation for the press.It does so primarily by dealing with complaints.The purpose of the PCC is to serve the public by holding editorsto account.It can also assist individuals by representing their interests toeditors in advance of an article about them being published.They aim to promote high standards by developing clearguidance and practical principles through our rulings, andoffering training and advice to editors and journalists.
Advertising Standards Authority(ASA).The Advertising Standards Authority is the UK’s independentregulator of advertising across all media.They apply the Advertising Codes, which are written by theCommittees of Advertising Practice.Their work includes acting on complaints and proactivelychecking the media to take action against misleading, harmful oroffensive advertisements.They investigate and adjudicate on potential breaches of theAdvertising Codes, and monitor compliance with the rules.Their mission is to ensure that advertising in all media is legal,decent, honest and truthful, to the benefit of consumers,business and society.