Spain in battle against children's 'telebasura'

26th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

26 October 2004, MADRID - The Spanish government is to regulate the standard of children's television, the deputy prime minister announced Tuesday.

26 October 2004

MADRID - The Spanish government is to regulate the standard of children's television, the deputy prime minister announced Tuesday.

Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said the government is to work with executives from the major television networks and viewers' associations to draw up a code for standards of children's viewing in time for Christmas.

The move comes after widespread concern about the 'telebasura' or rubbish television which children were watching.

The Spanish ombudsman and the children's ombudsman have both voiced concern about the standard of children's viewing, which they said was full of shouting and violence and did not help to educate them in any way.

It also comes after the Socialist government promised to regulate public television to raise standards and make the public broadcaster more independent.

Spain's television networks are famously bad, with most networks filling their schedules with chat shows, old films and South American soap operas.

Fernandez de la Vega said those who broke the standards of the code could face sanctions, though she did not specify what these could be.

The government has formed a committee of the "great and the good", composed mostly of academics, to reform public broadcasting.

This has met with criticism from executives like Alejandro Echevarria, head of Telecinco, one of Spain's commercial channels, who said the committee would find it hard to do a good job "without knowing the world television".

But Echevarria said the heads of the Spanish television networks backed the need for a code of standards.

Among the images which the government does not want children are pictures of the Madrid terrorist bombings, in which 191 people were killed and more than 1,500 people were injured.

The government was meeting Tuesday with Echevarria, head of Telecinco, Carmen Caffarel, head of public broadcaster RTVE, José Manuel Lara Bosch, head of the commercial Antena 3 channel and Carlos Abad, director general of  Sogecable, a commercial cable channel.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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