New PG13 rating for film, TV and video
The Media Development Authority (MDA) has introduced a new rating, PG13, to “bridge the gap” between the existing content ratings for film, television – both free-to-air and pay-TV – and video.
PG13, which the MDA will apply to films sent in for classification from yesterday, falls between the existing PG (Parental Guidance) and NC16 (No Children under 16) ratings.
Films deemed to have realistic horror, moderate violence, sexual humour and dark themes will fall under this rating.
Announcing the new rating at the StarHub Security Solutions launch yesterday, Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts Grace Fu said: “PG13 came about because parents told us that the gap between PG and NC16 is too wide.
“For instance, a movie like The Dark Knight, which I am told contained themes of fear and menace, is now classified as PG when it may not be too suitable for the very young ones. NC16, on the other hand, may be too restrictive.”