Though images of war are dominating television screens, one
channel is not having it. The day after the war in Iraq started, a memo was
distributed through the offices of MTV Europe by its broadcast standards department.
In the memo, Mark Sunderland, one of the department’s managers,
recommends that music videos depicting "war, soldiers, war planes, bombs,
missiles, riots and social unrest, executions" and "other obviously
sensitive material" not be shown on MTV in Britain and elsewhere in Europe
until further notice.
MTV with a broadcast standard department?, who would have know.
It must be a real easy job working there, watch a music video
and no matter what it meets broadcast standards. Sex, violence, drug, rape, and any degradation of a human person – fine but of course showing a soldier crosses
the line of decency.
MTV may make an easy target, but it’s their own fault. Easy targets deserve to be hit.