Joint Committee on The Draft Communications Bill Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Adrian Cooper

  Dear Lord Puttnam,

  My wife and I draw comfort from the formation and work of the joint committee on communications. We hope that it will lead to a well considered and responsible structure for many years to come.

  However, our concern is that promises of responsibility about programme content and quality by the media may be little more than lip service. Every other consideration pales into insignificance if the material we see is unacceptable in terms of violence, sex and language.

  The government's current "light touch" policy is highly questionable. Our children face bad influences, the "watchdog" bodies have no real teeth and offending broadcasters shrug off criticism.

  We do not want the committee to lose sight of the ultimate reason for its existence.

June 2002

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