Memorandum submitted by Adrian Cooper
Dear Lord Puttnam,
My wife and I draw comfort from the formation
and work of the joint committee on communications. We hope that
it will lead to a well considered and responsible structure for
many years to come.
However, our concern is that promises of responsibility
about programme content and quality by the media may be little
more than lip service. Every other consideration pales into insignificance
if the material we see is unacceptable in terms of violence, sex
The government's current "light touch"
policy is highly questionable. Our children face bad influences,
the "watchdog" bodies have no real teeth and offending
broadcasters shrug off criticism.
We do not want the committee to lose sight of
the ultimate reason for its existence.