New TV ratings system will include 'SPG', 'M'


Posted at May 04 2011 01:57 PM | Updated as of May 04 2011 10:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Soon there will be a new TV rating system in place to guide viewers.

Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chair Grace Poe Llamanzares said the agency will soon push for the adoption of the new system which will include ratings such as "SPG" for Special Parental Guidance for TV programs with sensitive content, and "M" for mature audiences for TV shows scheduled from 10 p.m. onward.

Currently, the MTRCB uses only two ratings for TV programs: "GP" for General Patronage, and "PG" for Parental Guidance.

Programs rated "PG" have to show its rating at the start of the program and display the graphics "PARENTAL GUIDANCE" throughout the airing of the program.

The move is part of the measures being undertaken by the agency as a result of the child exploitation issue involving the show "Willing Wilie" on TV 5.

The MTRCB suspended the program for one month and placed the show on indefinite probation status following its March 12 episode this year where a 6-year-old boy named Jan-Jan was made to perform a lewd dance in exchange for cash.

The TV 5 network will have to apply for a permit daily for the airing of "Willing Willie" until the board is satisfied of the network's desire to improve standards and ensure that the same violation will not happen again.

Llamanzares also encouraged all TV networks to cooperate with the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and groups of advertisers for responsible television programming. -- With a report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News