1 Feb, 2015

Should the 9pm TV watershed be abolished?

The Guardian.com | Robin Parker and  

Robin Parker, features and comment editor, Broadcast magazine

How BBC schedulers must have winced when director general Tony Hall told theRadio Times last week that he suspected the 9pm TV watershed wouldn’t exist within “20 or 30 years”.

Schedules are a foreign concept to my four-year-old, and his ability to distinguish between iPlayer and YouTube content, and the accompanying controls, is our responsibility. My eldest son is thwarted in any attempt to watch anything that happens to have been on post-9pm – which, lest we forget, includes older children’s and early teen fare on round-the-clock cable channels – by our impenetrable four-digit access code (I’m sure other parents can guess it). Comment