(IV) OBSERVATIONS ON AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE
RANGE AND QUALITY OF CHINESE PROGRAMMES
39 For local dramas, ACCESS indicated that it enjoyed Channel 8’s productions such as “书包太重” (My School Daze), “游戏人生” (Priceless Wonder) and “不凡的爱” (By My Side) for their exploration of the universal themes of friendship and family relationships. In particular, the Committee found that “游戏人生” (Priceless Wonder) and “不凡的爱” (By My Side) were valuable in creating awareness among viewers on social issues such as the ills of problem gambling and promiscuity, as well as the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
OBSERVATIONS ON THE RANGE AND QUALITY OF CHINESE PROGRAMMES
20 The Committee finds that the theme of violence was exploited and
sensationalised within the Ch 8 drama, “破茧而出” (Metamorphosis). In particular, there was an episode which had contained prolonged and intense scenes of violence and brutality towards women. This was unnecessary and could also instill fear in younger viewers, especially since it was scheduled during Family Viewing Hours.
g) Better Scheduling of Programmes
58 The Committee recommends strongly that all programmes shown during Family Viewing Hours be suitable for a general audience. Some examples of content unsuitable for broadcast during Family Viewing Hours, i.e. before 10pm, which were brought to the attention of the Committee include:
(iii) Ch 8’s drama “破茧而出” (Metamorphosis), containing graphic scenes of violence and brutality.
The following are the responses from the broadcasters to ACCESS’ feedback and recommendations:
a) MEDIACORP’S RESPONSE
Observation of Chinese Programmes
MediaCorp notes the Committee’s feedback about the excessive violence in Channel 8’s “破茧而出” (Metamorphosis). The broadcaster would like to assure the Committee that it is mindful of the messages borne by its serials, which is why all of its serials bear very positive messages. The word “drama” entails vivid, emotional and dramatic elements the devoid of which, would fizzle interest. MediaCorp very much appreciates the Committee’s acknowledgment that our serials are ultimately of good morals and would further appreciate understanding that unlike single-episode dramas, serials’ plots would unravel over its length.