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New safeguards for free-to-air television - coming to screens on 1 May 2020

Changes to timebands and classifications are coming to free-to-air (FTA) television on 1 May 2020. The BSA and FTA broadcasters are launching a new campaign today, 17 April 2020, to tell viewers, especially parents and caregivers, what they need to know to be ready. With the help of How To DAD Jordan Watson, we have launched a new television, radio and print media campaign, this new website,, and an entertaining online video that aims to reach as many viewers as possible.

The changes enhance the safeguards that protect children and other viewers from content that might harm them. The safeguards include programme classifications and timebands, including the 8.30pm watershed. The website also promotes the use of parental locks on free-to-air TV and has information about how to manage TV content in the home.  All the information you need to know to get ready for these changes is on this website.