Journalism students watched every program and advertisement on each of Sydneys five free-to-air channels from 6:00-10:30 pm every night for a week. In that 157.5 hours of viewing they saw 234 cases of gunfire, 104 deaths, 142 cases of physical abuse, 85 car crashes, 4 rapes and 350 other violent acts.
There may be a little double counting there, but that's still something like 6 violent incidences every hour - perhaps not as many as I would have guessed. The government-funded multicultural broadcaster, SBS, had the highest violence score, possibly because it has more extensive overseas news bulletins.
NSW Premier (more or less equivalent to a US State Governor), Morris Iemma, was quoted as being concerned about TV violence and is now exercising greater control over the viewing by his young family.
What do you reckon? Is it too much?