#1040 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 29 Feb 2015
The President of the NSW Council of Churches, the Reverend Dr Ross Clifford, says proposed changes to the free-to-air TV code of practice will be harmful to children and would most likely lead to a significant increase in alcohol and gambling advertising during prime time.
He said the changes would mean violence, sexual content, and ads for alcohol, gambling and M-rated movies would be screened during popular programs watched by children.
The proposed changes to the television code of practice include allowing M-rated programming to be screened from 7.30pm, allowing MA15+ programs to be screened from 8.30pm, and eliminating the G rating by introducing a PG rating across all channels all day.
Dr Clifford said that if the G rating was eliminated from free-to-air TV programming, children would no longer be able to watch television unsupervised.
“The best interests of children need to be put before the commercial self-interest,” Dr Clifford said.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.