Looking at the BBC America
site recently, I noticed that in certain time zones programmes that, in Britain, would be considered unsuitable for broadcast before 9pm, being shown well before that time. For example, So Graham Norton is shown every day at 8pm PT, and The Office at 6pm sometimes - both have swearing and sexual references - and Channel 4's Faking It (swearing) and the usually-violent Jonathan Creek are shown at 7 or 8pm PT too. Even Tipping The Velvet, an historical drama with lesbian scenes (because no one would have watched it otherwise), got shown at 8pm PT.
I assume these aren't censored in any way, so is this normal for American channels? Although BBC America is on cable, there doesn't seem to be any strict watershed for them.
Is this normal for US cable channels? I heard that HBO also broadcast risqu'e stuff and went to their site, but there were too many channels (plus I only know a handful of their shows) so I gave up.
I know networks (and MTV) can be prone to censoring things to death - MTV viewers in Britain complained about the recent MTV Movie Awards (those who were fool enough to watch it anyway) and how everything was bleeped, even after 9pm. Jackass is violent and dangerous, but it's the swearing that gets censored. And f-words get cut from Late Night with Conan O'Brien ... even though it's shown late-night
I'm confused. What are the rules on watersheds for American TV? Are
In Britain we have the BSC and ITC to complain to if, in the opinion of a viewer, something 'crosses the line' of fairness or standards. Is there anything like that in the US? (Since Murdoch owns the media, I doubt it)