Spain tightens TV regs

Gov't and industry act to protect kids

MADRID — As expected, Spain’s ruling PSOE socialist party has passed new regs safeguarding child TV auds.

Pacted with Spain’s main broadcasters — pubcaster RTVE, commercial nets Antena 3 and Telecinco, and pay TV operator Sogecable — the so-called: “Accord to further regulation on TV contents and children,” banned 18-plus programming from 6.a.m.-10 p.m., and 13-plus shows from 8-9 a.m. and 5-8 p.m., and 9-12 a.m. at weekends and on national holidays.

The agreement follows a crusade by the government to purge trash TV from Spanish airwaves. Fearing a weightier crackdown on violence, sex and scandalmongering coverage of the rich and famous and “Big Brother” participants, the broadcasters have buckled under.

The nets and the government have also established a joint watchdog, along with reps of parents, children’s and consumer associations, to oversee nets’ compliance with the new regs.

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