A new PG13 rating covering films, television programmes and videos has just come into effect. It was one of the recommendations of the Censorship Review Committee that was accepted by the government last year.
The new PG13 rating indicates content
that may not be suitable for children under 13, so parental discretion is advised. These shows have dark themes, some violence, realistic and intense horror, sexual humour and coarse language.
Some films previously rated PG (Parental Guidance)
such as Dark Knight and IP Man 2 or NC16 such as Meet the Fockers will fall under the new category, but media regulator Media Development Authority said the numbers will likely be small.
PG13 will also be the maximum rating
for films and dramas on free-to-air television channels, but such content will only be allowed after 10pm.
Broadcaster MediaCorp will screen the first PG13 programme on Channel 5 on July 23 on the making of the series The Walking Dead . The
series, which has been edited to fit the PG13 rating.
Last year, the government agreed with the Censorship Review Committee to allow R21 films on the Video-on-Demand service on cable. The Media Development Authority said they will be introduced as
soon as it has worked out implementation details, such as designing parental locks to prevent minors from sneaking a peek.