The government has delivered a Christmas gift -of sorts- to networks and viewers by making a minor change to classification rules for movie broadcasts.
M rated movies can now be broadcast from 7:30pm, in line with M rated television shows. It was previously 8:30pm.
MA rated movies can now be broadcast from 8:30pm, also in line with MA television shows. It was previously 9pm.
The change to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, which passed through Parliament earlier this month, had been a point of contention to networks. Industry sources had described the imbalance as a “ridiculous distinction between TV and movies.”
Nine had even taken steps to split movies such as Lord of the Rings, Casino Royale and London Has Fallen into two halves, coded separately such as PG and M. For viewers that meant a commercial break and an abrupt rolling of credits in the middle of a movie.
Hopefully this puts an end to such nonsense… unless a network is determined to trim down an M rated movie for 7pm on a weekend. Never say never….
Networks are already taking advantage of the change with MA movie Office Christmas Party and M rated Meet the Parents screening in early slots this week.
Nine sources tell TV Tonight they plan to screen M rated Black Panther on Sunday January 5 at an 8pm start -now able to run without two credit sequences.