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(Ofcom) Protecting participants in TV and radio programmes

04 September 2019

The BPS has been invited to respond to the Ofcom consultation on "Protecting participants in TV and radio programmes" which will follow on from our response to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s "Call for Evidence on Reality TV".

This is an excellent opportunity for us to provide a psychological evidence base and ensure that due care is taken in protecting participants of TV and radio in response to this consultation.

There has been growing openness and concern in society about mental health and wellbeing in recent years. Ofcom has also seen a steady rise in complaints expressing concern about the welfare and wellbeing of people who take part in programmes.

Against this backdrop, we have been reviewing our existing protections for participants, and whether they should be extended to reflect the level of protection that exists for under-eighteens.

Since they began examining these issues, events surrounding the cancellation of ITV’s Jeremy Kyle Show in May 2019 – and high levels of public concern about aspects of reality and other types of TV programmes – have underlined the importance of this review.

Getting Involved

Send your comments to [email protected] using the response form.

The deadline for responses is the end of play on Friday the 13th of September.

Please note:

  • The society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties / Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence and not solely on clinical opinion


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