It was not me who said in 1954 that programmes 'should not offend against good taste or decency, give offence to public feeling or incite to crime or disorder'. It was the broadcasting authorities in agreement with the Home Office. The Broadcasting Act of 1990 made these obligations a legal constraint.
We as an association believe external censorship is wrong. That does not mean that the public should not exercise its democratic right to speak out when we feel our homes to be violated, the threat to public order increased, or our children exposed to examples contrary to their interests.
At our first public meeting in Birmingham in May 1964 I said: 'If violence is constantly portrayed as normal on the television screen it will help create a violent society.' And so it has.
President, National Viewers'
and Listeners' Association
Colchester, EssexReuse content