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Children's content regulation and the 'obesity epidemic'

Rutherford, Leonie, Biron, Dean and Skouteris, Helen 2011, Children's content regulation and the 'obesity epidemic', Media international Australia incorporating culture and policy, no. 140, pp. 47-60.

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Title Children's content regulation and the 'obesity epidemic'
Author(s) Rutherford, Leonie
Biron, Dean
Skouteris, Helen
Journal name Media international Australia incorporating culture and policy
Issue number 140
Start page 47
End page 60
Total pages 14
Publisher University of Queensland : School of English, Media Studies & Art History
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD
Publication date 2011-08
ISSN 1329-878X
2200-467X
Summary Some 30 years ago, Australia introduced the Children's Television Standards (CTS) with the twin goals of providing children with high-quality local programs and offering some protection from the perceived harms of television. The most recent review of the CTS occurred in the context of a decade of increasing international concern at rising levels of overweight and obesity, especially in very young children. Overlapping regulatory jurisdictions and co-regulatory frameworks complicate the process of addressing pressing issues of child health, while rapid changes to the media ecology have both extended the amount of programming for children and increased the economic challenges for producers. Our article begins with an overview of the conceptual shifts in priorities articulated in the CTS over time. Using the 2007-09 Review of the CTS as a case study, it then examines the role of research and stakeholder discourses in the CTS review process and critiques the effectiveness of existing regulatory regimes, both in providing access to dedicated children's content and in addressing the problem of escalating obesity levels in the population.
Language eng
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 920208 Health Policy Evaluation
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, University of Queensland, School of English, Media Studies & Art History
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