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Digital broadcasting : a double edge sword in protecting children from disturbing news content

Hetherington, Susan (2006) Digital broadcasting : a double edge sword in protecting children from disturbing news content. In Journalism Downunder : the future of journalism in a digital age : the second joint Jeanz/JEA annual conference, Journalism Education Association of New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Abstract

New technologies have the potential to both expose children to and protect them from television news footage likely to disturb or frighten.

The advent of cheap, portable and widely available digital technology has vastly increased the possibility of violent news events being captured and potentially broadcast. This material has the potential to be particularly disturbing and harmful to young children.

But on the flipside, available digital technology could be used to build in protection for young viewers especially when it comes to preserving scheduled television programming and guarding against violent content being broadcast during live crosses from known trouble spots.

Based on interviews with news directors, parents and a review of published material two recommendations are put forward:

  1. Digital television technology should be employed to prevent news events "overtaking" scheduled children's programming and to protect safe harbours placed in the classifications zones to protect children.

  2. Broadcasters should regain control of the images that go to air during "live" feeds from obviously volatile situations by building in short delays in G classification zones.

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ID Code: 42381
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: digital broadcasting, Television classification, television scheduling, television programming, broadcast news
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Deposited On: 05 Jul 2011 14:12
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2011 14:12

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