What is the watershed?

10 May 2013

Protecting children from harmful material on TV and radio is one of Ofcom’s most important duties.

Our Broadcasting Code sets standards for television and radio shows and broadcasters must follow its rules.

There are strict rules about what can be shown on TV before the 9pm watershed. But what exactly is the watershed and how does it work?

The watershed means the time when TV programmes which might be unsuitable for children can be broadcast.