1980s songwriter calls for broadcasters to censor music videos

Mike Stock, who was one third of 1980s songwriting team Stock, Aitken and Waterman has slammed the “torrent of sex-driven imagery” in contemporary pop music.

In an open letter to broadcasting regulator Ofcom, the songwriter has called for regulations to be tightened up so children are not exposed to explicit music videos.

Stock, who has penned hits for Kylie Minogue and Rick Astley amongst others, wrote: “Pop music in this country is almost completely dominated by American acts who have taken sexualised imagery, dance moves and lyrical content way beyond the limits of decency.”

“As far as music is concerned, it has been a slow but unmistakable descent into pornography… Put some sexualised dancing and scantily-clad females in the video, and get it on the box. Job done.”

Stock singled out Nicole Scherzinger‘s performance on Britain’s Got Talent, which he saw as too “overtly sexual” for “a family show” and called on broadcasters to ban racy videos as it would force record labels to “clean up their act.”

The songwriter has previously described Lady Gaga as “just a pole dancer.”