Protection of Minors in Broadcasting

Applications for exceptions

Feature films which are shown in the cinema and/or are distributed as DVDs or video cassettes are usually assessed by the voluntary self-regulation organisation for the cinema (FSK) which grants an age rating. For films with an FSK rating, the Interstate Treaty on the Protection of Minors in the Media (JMStV) specifies certain watersheds. If a broadcaster plans to deviate from the watersheds, it must present the film to the KJM or the voluntary self-regulation organisation for commercial television (FSF) together with an application for an exception.

If a broadcaster files an application for exception with the KJM, the application is first analysed by a KJM examining group and then decided by a KJM examining board.

The commercial TV broadcasters most of which are members of the voluntary self-regulation organisation for commercial TV (FSF) usually file applications for exceptions with the FSF.