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Scandals. Channel 4's controversial era. Part 1

There was an era when Michael Grade, the then controller of the British TV channel called Channel 4 and the other people in positions of influence were being extremely libertarian regarding what would be allowed to be broadcast on the channel at night. The policy regarding the censorship of films was there was to be no additional censorship to that which the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) had already undertaken. This was despite the fact that the channel often broadcast films from countries where films were sometimes more sexually explicit and obscene than Hollywood films ever were and that the BBFC were far more leniant when it came to censorship, or lack thereof regarding sex scenes in foreign films with subtitles than they were with sex scenes in Hollywood films. During this era there were some very shocking and obscene scenes shown on Channel 4 at night...

There was an Australian film called something like Salt, Sweat, Saliva, Sperm that was broadcast that was directed by an open paedophile and was very clearly a pro-paedophilia propaganda film which set out to portray paedophiles as likeable and ordinary except for their sexual orientations. There was even a scene which featured a young girl and boy who were the paedophile character's children. They might well have been sexually abused as who other than paedophiles would allow their children to be appear in a blatant pro-paedophilia propaganda film? Perhaps they were the children of the director even. A viewer was justifiably disgusted that such a film was broadcast on national television and he made a complaint to the official board that dealt with serious viewer complaints and they fined Channel 4 for having broadcast the film. So libertarian were Michael Grade and the other people in important positions at the channel that they released a statement in which they declared they would do nothing different now. They would broadcast the film uncensored and they weren't going to change their policy on broadcasting controversial films with no additional censorship to that which the BBFC had already undertaken. On the Channel 4 programme Right To Reply the man who had justifiably made the complaint to the official complaints board (The ITC perhaps) said he felt like it wasn't a true victory as the channel wasn't going to change it's extremely libertarian position on the broadcasting of films with one or more obscene scene in them at night. For him the true victory would have been getting Grade and the others to change their policy on this such as to make the policy of Channel 4 more like the other three British terrestrial channels policies rather than just a mere fine. I approve of that brave man's actions as well and I used to rather dislike Michael Grade due to the extreme libertarian stance he seemed to have.


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