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"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

What happens at 9pm in the UK every night? I'll tell you. Every young person, every impressionable person, every person of a nervous disposition, every easily offended person and everyone who thought they had a right to complain goes to bed. Welcome to the weird anachronism that we in the UK call - the watershed. It's a TV curfew enforced (on occasion) by Ofcom. At 8:58pm you can't swear. At 9:02pm you can say 'fucking' or 'cunt'. And show both.

To give a recent example, porn satellite channel Xplicit XXX has been fined £50,000 for broadcasting hard-core sex scenes before the 9pm watershed. At 8:30pm in fact. The fine was light because no viewers complained.

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