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For years, parent have been ambushed by trailers for TV program and movies that don't align with the nature of programs chosen for family and child viewing.
These trailers maybe scary or disturbing (for more on this see below).
They may be "sanitised" to meet time zone classification requirements, and mislead about the promoted program’s suitability for children.
They may just carry a CTC (yet to be classified) classification.
ACCM has consistently advocated on this issue for more than 30 years, but with little change. As far back as 1987, we initiated an enquiry into trailers with the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal and gained a successful outcome, only to have it struck down by an industry appeal to the Federal Court.
It’s time the industry changed its behaviour to protect children and support parents’ choices.
During the review of the Free TV Code of Practice in 2015, ACCM argued strongly that G or PG programs chosen for family viewing should not contain promos and trailers for higher classified programs and movies. ACCM also lodged numerous complaints on trailers it considered unsuitable for G or PG time zones.
However, the revised Code , now in operation, contains very few effective protections against this longstanding and concerning practice, will make the “ambush by trailer” issues much worse, and include:
In cinemas, the rules are that trailers for higher classified movies are not shown in G or PG movies. We should keep pushing for that principle to apply for TV.
Send us examples (with date, time, program, channel and name of the program trailer shown) if you see trailers that bother you. And complain to the station you are watching.
NOTE: more about scary trailers