British TV is already racy by American standards. Now an organization, Britain’s Commercial Broadcasters’ Association (COBRA), which represents such TV network operators as BSkyB, UKTV and MTV, wants the U.K. government to change rules to allow programs with adult content or swearing to be available on cable and satellite channels at all times. COBRA says there would be safeguards to keep such content from children, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
It got us to wondering if the U.S. would ever consider such a move. Currently, under FCC rules it is against federal law “to air obscene programming at any time. It is also a violation of federal law to air indecent programming or profane language during certain hours.”
But more adult programming could boost ratings—look how many people tune in regularly to cable stations such as AMC, Showtime, and HBO who show more adult programming, many of which have won Emmy Awards. So, obviously there is an appetite for more adult shows.
So if you could watch Game of Thrones on network TV, would you?