Gunter, B., Harrison, J., & Wykes, M. (2003). Violence on television: Distribution, form, context, and themes. Mahwah, NJ, US: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.

Abstract:  (from the cover) This book presents the findings of the largest British study of violence on TV ever undertaken. The research was funded by the broadcasting industry and was designed to provide an up-to-date snapshot of the status of violence on TV. One chapter is dedicated to a comparison of findings from Britain and America. A total of nearly 11,000 hours of television output was monitored from 56 selected days sampled across a two-year period, covering eight channels in year one and ten channels in year two. This book concludes that it is misleading to accuse all broadcasters of presenting excessive quantities of violence in their schedules, though some channels–especially subscription movie channels–clearly did present large amounts of violence. However, the most gory, horrific and graphic scenes of violence were generally contained within broadcasts available on a subscription basis or programs shown at times when few children were likely to be watching. Because of this scheduling, it was noted that broadcasters met their obligations under their regulatory codes of practice. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)