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Consultation with Committees

last updated 01 August 2017

IMDA regularly involves and consults the community to ensure that guidelines are in line with community values and social norms. More than 260 members of the public from all walks of life provide guidance to IMDA in its formulation of guidelines, and provide constant feedback and advice on content standards in the various media forms.

IMDA regularly involves and consults the community to ensure that guidelines are in line with community values and social norms. More than 260 members of the public from all walks of life provide guidance to IMDA in its formulation of guidelines, and provide constant feedback and advice on content standards in the various media forms. Public consultation with the committees supports IMDA’s work in protecting the young while providing more content choices for adults, as well as in the upholding of community values and the safeguarding of national and public interest.​

There are four advisory committees for the broadcast programmes in the four official languages. The PACs are:​

  • Programme Advisory Committee for English Programmes (PACE)



  • Advisory Committee for Chinese Programmes (ACCESS)



  • Malay Programmes Advisory Committee (MPAC)



  • Indian Programmes Advisory Committee (IPAC)

Each commit​​tee’s role is to:

  • Provide advice to IMDA on the range and quality of broadcast programmes on free-to-air (FTA) channels, radio stations, and key local non-FTA nationwide TV platforms, particularly locally-produced public service broadcast programmes.
  • Provide feedback and advice on content standards in programmes and advertisements on FTA TV, radio and pay-TV.
  • Provide advice to IMDA in the formulation and review of broadcast content guidelines.

(i) Programme Advisory C​ommittee for English Programmes (PACE)

The Programme Advisory Committee for English Programmes (PACE) provides feedback on English TV and radio programmes.

PACE has issued ten reports to date. These reports detail their findings and recommendations on the range and quality of broadcast programmes during their periods of review. To view the committee’s annual reports, please click here.

Committee Mem​​bers

The current committee comprises 24 members who are appointed for a term of two years. It is chaired by Mr Raymond Lye, Managing Partner, Union Law LLP.

Please click here for the full list of current PACE members.

(ii) Advisory Committee f​or C​​hinese Programmes (ACCESS)

The Advisory Committee for Chinese Programmes (ACCESS) advises and offers feedback on Chinese programmes.

To view the committee’s annual reports, please click here.

Committee​ Members

The current committee comprises volunteers serving two-year terms. It is chaired by Associate Professor Lee Cheuk Yin from the Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore.

Please click ​here​ for a list of current ACCESS members.

(iii) Malay Program​​mes Advisory Committee (MPAC)

Set up in 1995, The Malay Programmes Advisory Committee (MPAC) advises and offers feedback on the content of Malay TV and radio programmes. To view the committee’s annual reports, plea​se click here.

Committee ​​Members

The MPAC is appointed for a two-year term and comprises 18 members. It is currently chaired by Dr Suzaina Kadir, Associate Dean & Deputy Director (Academic Affairs) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS.

Please click here​ for the full list of MPAC members.

(iv) Indian Programmes Adviso​​ry Committee (IPAC)

The Indian Programme Advisory Committee (IPAC) evaluates the content of Indian TV and radio programmes and their impact on the Indian community in Singapore. ​To view the committee’s annual reports, please click here​.

Committee Members

The current committee is appointed for a two-year term and is chaired by Mr Vikram Nair, Partner, Rajah & Tann Singapore, and Member of Parliament, Sembawang GRC.

Please click h​ere​ for the full list of current IPAC members.

Arts Consultative Panel (ACP)​​

The Arts Consultative Panel (ACP) provides feedback and recommendations on plays and other forms of arts entertainment such as dance and music performances and art exhibitions. Its key roles are:

  • To assist IMDA in evaluating arts entertainment and to recommend their suitability for public viewing and any rating that may be required.
  • To provide advice and feedback on IMDA's guidelines and standards for arts entertainment.

Committee Members

The current panel comprises 42 members, all of whom are volunteers serving two-year terms. These members are from various professions (from the arts and media fields, educationists, specialists in youths and community services, and lawyers), and are of different age groups and races.

The ACP is chaired by Mrs Laura Hwang, Managing Director, Memories of the East.

Please click here​ for the full list of current ACP members.

Publications Consult​ative Panel (PCP)

The Publications Consultative Panel (PCP) advises and provides feedback on trends, issues and guidelines with regard to publications, including newspapers. It also advises IMDA on controversial publications, and aids with the formulation of content guidelines.

The PCP comprises 33 members who are appointed for a term of two years. The Minister for Communications and Information appoints members from a cross-section of society, representing different age groups, races, religions and professions.

Committee Me​​mbers

The Chairman of the Panel is Mr Edward D’Silva, Architect/Senior Advisor, SAA Architects Pte Ltd.



The Vice-Chairpersons are Mr Charles Ho Nai Chuen, Chief Executive Officer, On Cheong Co. Pte Ltd and Ms Triena Noeline Ong, Director, Etymology: International Book Publishing & Editorial Services.

Please click ​here​​ for the full list of current PCP members.

Films Consultati​​​​ve Panel​ (FCP)​​

The Films Consultative Panel (FCP) is made up of individuals from different segments of the community. The panel meets regularly to advise the BFC on classification and content guidelines so as to better reflect community standards and social norms, and contribute to a more balanced approach towards film classification.

The FCP is also consulted when more feedback is needed to help make a decision on a rating. The opinions of the FCP are also sought when classification frameworks and guidelines are reviewed.

Committee Members

The panel presently comprises 74 members who are appointed by the Minister for Communications and Information to serve a term of two years. The Chairperson of the panel is Mr Vijay Chandran, Director of Gilded Cage Pictures and Adjunct Lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts.

The Vice-Chairpersons are Ms Cheryl Ng, Director of Great Expectations Communications Laboratory and Dr Syed Harun Bin Taha Alhabsyi, SAF Medical Officer, Ministry of Defence.

Please click ​here​​​ for the full list of current FCP members.

Please click he​re​ for the consultation cases.

Political Films Consulta​​tive Committee (PFCC)

The independent Political Films Consultative Committee was set up to advise whether a film would fall within the definition of a party political film.

Any film that the BFC considers to be a possible party political film is sent to the PFCC for its evaluation and views. The BFC then takes into consideration the PFCC’s recommendations before making its decision.​

Any owner of a film that disagrees with the BFC’s decision can appeal to the ​Films Appeal Committee (FAC)​, a course of action that is provided for in the Films Act.

Committee members

The seven-member panel of the PFCC is made up of members from the media, union, academia, and legal sector who are appointed for a two-year term. The current panel is headed by Mr Richard Magnus, a retired Senior District Judge and Chairman of the Public Transport Council.

The other members on the committee are:

  • Mr. M. Rajaram

    Senior Director, Straits Law Practice LLC
  • Mr. Daniel Yun

    Founder & Director, Blue3 Pictures
  • Dr. Suzaina Kadir

    Associate Dean (Admissions & Student Affairs) & Senior Lecturer, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
  • Mr. Ma Wei Cheng

    Advisor, Amalgamated Union of Public Employees
  • Mr Chua Chim Kang

    Managing Editor, Chinese Media Group, Singapore Press Holdings
  • Dr Norshahril Saat

    Research Officer, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

​Broadcast, Publications & Arts ​​​Appeal Committee (BPAAC)

The Broadcast, Publications and Arts Appeal Committee (BPAAC) is an advisory committee appointed by the Minister for Communications and Information. When requested by Minister, the BPAAC provides its independent views on appeals which may be lodged with the Minister by parties aggrieved by decisions undertaken by the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) or the Arts Entertainment Licensing Officer (AELO), as the case may be, in relation to content regulatory matters. Examples of matters on which appeals can be made include:

  1. Decisions by IMDA in relation to breaches of applicable legislation, content codes or guidelines, such as the Free-To-Air Television Programme Code and the Subscription Television Programme Code; and
  2. Directions by the AELO to licensees in relation to the content of any arts entertainment.

Committee Membe​rs

The BPAAC is appointed for a term of three years and its members include experts from the arts and media fields, educationists and community representatives.

The current committee is led by Mr Choo Thiam Siew, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Please click ​here for the full list of BPAAC members.

Films Appeal Commit​tee (FAC)

The Films Appeal Committee (FAC) consists of members of the public that handle appeals over ratings of films, videos and games.

The committee provides an avenue for film distributors and filmmakers to challenge the decision of the Board of Film Censors.

Under the Films Act, the FAC has powers to decide on:

  • the approval for exhibition of any film which is the subject of appeal;
  • the excision or retention of any part of any such film;
  • the classification of any film.

The decision of the c​ommittee is final.

Committe​​e Members

Th​​e FAC comprises 15 members who are chosen for their interest in films and commitment to public service. They represent a cross-section of society and age groups.

The current committee, appointed for a term of three years, is chaired by Mr Tan Boon Huat. Mr Tan held the post of Chief Executive Director of the People’s Association until his retirement on 1 June 2010. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Appeals Board of the Council for Estate Agents.

Please click here for the full list of current FAC members.

Censorship Rev​iew Committee (CRC)

The Censorship Review Committee (CRC) reviews censorship laws and structures, and the role of public education. They also provide recommendations on existing policies and guidelines to keep pace with social and technological changes.

Censorship Review Comm​ittee 2010

A Censorship Review Committee was appointed in September 2009 by the former Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts. Its role is to conduct a review to refine and update content regulation policies and standards across the various media.

The committee was headed by Mr Goh Yew Lin, Chairman of Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and Chairman of Singapore Symphonia Co Ltd. It comprised sixteen other members from a cross section of society.

The committee conducted a representative survey, held a series of focus groups as part of its review to obtain an understanding of community and industry concerns. The committee completed its review in Sept 2010.

  • Please click here for CRC Press Release.
  • Please click here​ for CRC 2010 Report.
  • Please click here​ for CRC Survey Findings.

Censorship Review Commit​​tee 2002/2003

The then Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA), now Ministry of Communications and Information, appointed a CRC in 2002 to review and recommend changes to the guidelines and policies for the different media in view of social and technological developments. The CRC 2002/3, comprising 22 members, was chaired by Mr Liu Thai Ker, Director, RSP Architects, Planners and Engineers Pte Ltd and Chairman, Singapore Tyler Print Institute.

The CRC 2002/3 held extensive discussions with members of the public and the media industry to obtain views from different segments of society. It also commissioned a representative survey, conducted by AC Nielsen to assess public acceptance of crucial issues before finalising its recommendations.

The recommendations of the CRC have been implemented by IMDA, and these included the refinement of the film classification system and the introduction of the M18 rating for films; the introduction of NC16- and M18-rated programmes for cable TV; the classification of videos and video games; and the de-gazetting of Cosmopolitan magazine.

Please click here​ to view the CRC 2002/3 report that was released on 4 Sept 2003.

Please click here​ for speech by Mr David T E Lim, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts (13 April 2002).​

Censorship Review Committee 199​2

The first Censorship Review Committee was appointed in May 1991, under the chairmanship of Professor Tommy Koh. To assist in its review, the committee considered written submissions from individuals and organisations and held discussions with relevant organisations, such as the Cinematograph Film Exhibitors Association and the Singapore Booksellers Association.

The CRC 1992 also commissioned a survey to ascertain public reaction to some censorship issues and gauge whether there had been a shift in moral values since the last censorship review in 1981. The survey showed that Singaporeans held a strong regard for the traditional family unit and resisted other lifestyles which were perceived to be at odds with this belief. The survey also showed that Singaporeans were deeply influenced by their religious beliefs and moral principles.

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