OFCOM set the rules for what “psychics” can do and can not do on TV.

After years of hokey and mary loving dick today OFCOM the official broadcast commission presents new rules on how so called psychics are presented  on television. Could this spell the end of the likes of Psychic TV and Sally Morgan?

Most advertising is regulated by the Advertising Standards Authority, but participation television – where viewers are
encouraged to call in, and pay, still falls to Ofcom. The rules remain the same, but are
subject to interpretation, particularly when it comes to what it’s acceptable to promise
viewers for their money.
The clarification ( PDF, surprisingly funny) makes it clear that Ofom doesn’t acknowledge the existence of any higher power, other than the Ministry of Fun. Anyone claiming to be in touch with such a power (other than a recognised deity) must be very clear that they’re doing so
“for entertainment purposes only” and not just with a banner at the bottom of the screen either, it has to be stated by the
Even those who are worshiping one of the more-universally- recognised gods can’t go
around promising miracle cures , but those claiming psychic powers are also prohibited from predicting the future, offering personal (life- changing) advice or
claiming to be in any way accurate – and they can’t say they’re able

Source: ww.theregister.co.uk/2011/12/21/psychic_television/


2 responses to “OFCOM set the rules for what “psychics” can do and can not do on TV.

  1. How will the new ofcom rules effect private psychic shows online,is that a area where they have no restrictions?
    i had a fm radio psychic show a few years ago,and was limited by ofcom as to how i operated.
    So i ran my show on the internet and was guided by my ethics.
    Am i still able to in the uk run a online psychic show?
    any help or comments would be appreciated

  2. Well the 2 questions you’ve put to us, We are not really in position with OFCOM to be able to give you the answer. We could speculate and read the new legal standards paperwork.

    You mention you have had dealings with OFCOM in the past in regards to guidance for the FM radio station position you held.

    Contact them by the means, you must have before. They have regional offices and and central head office, to my understanding. Your best bet if you need direction with your current show, is to call them at OFCOM and get the clarification you require.


    If you want to write to Ofcom, the head office is:

    Riverside House
    2a Southwark Bridge Road
    SE1 9HA

    If you want advice or to complain to Ofcom please call us on 0300 123 3333 or 020 7981 3040. We are open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

    they also take online submissions through our website in the Advice and complaints area.

    Switchboard: 0300 123 3000 or 020 7981 3000
    Fax: 020 7981 3333
    Textphone: 020 7981 3043 – please note that this number only works with special equipment used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    All this was on their website

    Sylvia. Paranormal Network

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