UK regulates loud TV commercials, why don’t we?

It’s something that, as a TV lover, has annoyed me for years. And it’s fact. TV commercials are far too loud, and far louder than their accompanying TV program. It’s annoying, and I doubt it’s good for your ears over a lifetime of watching television. There ought to be a law. And in the UK, there is.

Eight TV adverts shown during an episode of Sherlock Holmes were too loud, watchdogs ruled today.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the slots on digital channel ITV3 were “excessively strident” and breached the sound levels code.


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