The GRA has published several Codes of Practice setting standards for television and radio shows and broadcasters have to follow these rules. These rules not only exist to protect viewers and listeners but also to ensure broadcasters have the freedom to make challenging programmes.
For example, broadcasters may transmit provocative material, such as offensive language, sex scenes and violence but if they do transmit such material they have to ensure it is editorially justified and, where appropriate, the audience is given appropriate information. Labelling, classification details and other information announcements are required before and during the broadcast to enable viewers to make appropriate choices at all times.
The GRA strongly encourages all broadcasters to adopt a family viewing policy which assumes a progressive decline throughout the evening in the proportion of children viewing, matched by a progression towards material more suitable for adults.
To learn more about the watershed and programme standards on matters relating to protection of minors, harm and offence, please read our Programme Standards Code.
If you feel that the offensive language broadcast on TV was excessive, then you may make a complaint using our online complaints form.
To learn more about our complaints process, please read the Procedures for Handling of Complaints.