French regulators crack down on reality show

A racier version of Big Brother that has produced ratings records in France — but has also touched off protests that had to be quelled by riot police last weekend — will be forced to make changes under orders from television regulators. The High Audiovisual Council said Tuesday that the changes in the program Loft Story were needed “out of respect for their [the contestants’] human dignity.” It objected to the fact that the show’s contestants are all required to submit themselves to the scrutiny of TV cameras 24 hours a day. The new rules will allow the contestants periods where they will not be under public observation.