In May 1988, the Home Secretary announced the establishment of the Broadcasting Standards Council. The new eight‐person Council is chaired by Lord Rees‐Mogg. As well as its responsibilities for monitoring broadcasts and dealing with complaints, the Council was invited by the Home Secretary to draw up a code of practice on the portrayal of violence and sex and of standards of taste and decency, and to undertake research on matters such as the nature and effect on attitudes and behaviour of the portrayal of violence and of sex on television, radio and video.
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