Television: Rules of Coverage
HC 14, Second Report of Session 2012-13 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes and Evidence
- House of Commons - Administration Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The inquiry 'Television: Rules of Coverage (HC 14)' was prompted by requests from broadcasters seeking a review of the rules concerning the broadcast coverage of Parliament. The rules were framed from the start in a restrictive way on the basis that it would be easier to relax them than to introduce restrictions once broadcasting had become a part of the parliamentary landscape.
The Committee's recommendations include:
simplification of the rules setting out guidelines on picture direction, so that more is left to the judgment of the director in the control room;
split screen shots remain unnecessary and should remain forbidden, but the existing rules on panning shots and zoom shots seem redundant and can be removed; and
a small-scale trial (on a non-sitting day using staff or the Youth Parliament) with a camera mounted on the Table of the House to allow more natural shots of front-bench speakers.
The proposals would make small, practical changes to the way in which Parliament is broadcast on television and could make coverage more relaxed, while retaining the central and essential principle that the broadcasts portray proceedings fully and transparently.
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