TV censor Ofcom has received 118 complaints from viewers about the ITV comedy series Benidorm.
The complaints were about a comment insulting a karaoke performer with an apparent cleft lip. Sherrie Hewson's character joked in the final episode of the series on May 3 when referring to karaoke performer as having a voice like a
thirteen-year-old girl and a face like a dropped pie.
The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) penned an open letter to ITV demanding an apology for the remark which had left them extremely disappointed . The letter read:
We at the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) were extremely disappointed to hear of an ignorant and highly offensive comment on the ITV programme 'Benidorm' which aired on 3rd May 2017.
Outraged complaints have been pouring in to us from our community of parents and patients since the show aired.
An Ofcom spokesperson said: We will assess these complaints before deciding whether or not to investigate. This phrase usually means that any complaints are already in the waster paper basket.
Sky Atlantic's broadcast of Billions suffers significant subtitle censorship
29th April 2017
26th April 2017. Thanks to Jon
Not sure if you were aware of this, but Tuesday 18th's premiere of Season 2, Episode 9 (Sic Transit Imperium) of Sky Atlantic's imported US Showtime drama BILLIONS , had a heavily censored subtitle track for Deaf/Hard of Hearing viewers added to
it. Every single swear-word was edited.
Fuck became heck, frick, frig, screw, freak, crap Fucking became sucking, fricking, frigging, freaking, freaky, fracking Shit became stuff, hell, crap Pussy became punk Bullshit became bullspit Goddam became gosh-darn, full-blown (yes, really!)
Motherfucker became money-grabber Fuck this became forget this
The only rude words that survived intact were crap and ass .
Whoever did that episode's subtitling clearly had an issue with all the adult language. I've never seen anything like this, since the 1980's/90's days of films on ITV (like ALIENS or DIE HARD).
Update: Freaking censors
29th April 2017. Thanks to Jon
Re the censored subtitling on Season 2, episodes 9 and 10 of BILLIONS (currently showing on Sky Atlantic).
Sky has now e-mailed Jon to say that the subtitles they broadcast, are the same ones used by Showtime in the USA.
Here's the video evidence
of what the audio sounds like, and what the subtitles claim are being said. It's funny...
Ofcom has received 62 complaints over Emmerdale scenes which saw the character Pierce Harris rape his wife Rhona Goskirk. The scenes, which aired in an episode which started at 7pm, showed Pierce being extremely aggressive and, while the camera
panned away so that the scenes were only implied, Rhona's screams for Pierce to stop made it clear what was happening.
A spokesperson for the TV censor Ofcom said: We will assess these complaints before deciding whether or not to investigate. A phrase which usually suggests that the complaints are already on their way to the litter bin.
Emmerdale have worked closely with Rape Crisis and Women's Aid throughout the preparation and execution of the storyline and an Emmerdale spokesperson said:
Emmerdale has a history of raising awareness of difficult subjects and consequently Rhona and Pierce's story was thoroughly researched and carefully signposted prior to transmission including a warning advising viewers of a shocking assault. In
accordance with rigorous compliance regulations, the drama was intentionally implicit rather than explicit.
After watching two broadcasts of Music Hall (1934), one in the morning and one late at night, on the Talking Pictures TV channel. I
noticed that certain words were blanked out of the performance by GH Elliott.
After a small bit of research I realised that the word coon had been removed twice on both occasions.
Being a fan of music hall I was rather disappointed.
Does this mean that language other than swearing will be regularly removed whether shown before, or after the Watershed, whether in context, or not?
I have written to Ofcom to complain, but as you are aware they very rarely write back.
Effective from 3 April 2017, Ofcom has become the BBC's first external TV censor.
The BBC Trust has therefore ceased to be. The remaining governance functions carried out by the BBC Trust will move to the new BBC unitary board.
Programmes made for UK audiences: The BBC's spending on brand new UK commissioned programmes fell 30% in real-terms between 2004 and 2015. Therefore, we are proposing quotas for first-run UK originations programmes to be shown on BBC One, BBC Two,
CBeebies and CBBC.
Under our plans, three quarters of all programme hours on the BBC's most popular TV channels should be original productions, commissioned for UK audiences. During peak viewing time 203 from 6pm to 10.30pm 203 at least 90% of programmes on BBC Two
should be original, matching the current requirement for BBC One (see table below).
News and current affairs: We plan to increase the previous requirements for news and current affairs 203 including for BBC One and BBC Two 203 where they have been exceeded, to safeguard this important genre. During peak listening periods, Radio 2 would
be required, for the first time, to air at least three hours of news and current affairs per week, and Radio 1 to broadcast an extended news bulletin in peak-time listening each weekday. Neither station currently has these obligations during peak
Music: The BBC plays a unique role in showcasing musical talent and genres to people across the country. Our rules would mean a significant proportion of the new music played by Radio 1 and Radio 2 should be from new and emerging UK artists. Radio 3
should continue to play a central role in supporting the UK's classical music scene, commissioning at least 25 new musical works each year, and developing relationships with non-BBC UK orchestras, opera companies and festivals.
Arts and learning: Our plans would mean that BBC One and BBC Two would have tougher requirements for showing arts, music and religious programmes, including new requirements to show some during peak viewing times.
Children: New rules would require CBBC to show at least 400 hours 203 and CBeebies at least 100 hours 203 of brand new UK commissioned programming each year. CBeebies would have to provide content in a number of genres that support pre-school children's
Sport: The BBC should provide distinctive sports coverage for fans in all the UK's nations. Ofcom's research found that people want the BBC to cover a wide range of sports. So we will require Radio 5 Live to provide live commentary, news and programmes
covering at least 20 sports, to help support those that are not getting the attention they deserve.
Reflecting the whole UK: Ofcom wants all parts of the UK to be reflected, and invested in, by the BBC. So we are introducing minimum quotas for each UK nation. This means the BBC must spend the same on programmes, per head, in England, Northern Ireland,
Scotland and Wales, as well as ensuring that at least half of all programmes shown nationally and produced in the UK are made outside of London.
Also, we will soon review our guidance on programmes made outside London, to ensure these productions make a genuine contribution to the creative economies of the UK's nations and regions, which could include greater programme making or investment in
There would be a new Diversity Code of Practice to set how the BBC will commission programmes that authentically portray the whole UK population. And the BBC will have to report annually on how it has reflected, represented and served the diverse
communities of the whole UK 203 focusing on age, gender, disability and race, among other characteristics.
High programme standards: To hold the BBC's programmes to the highest standards, Ofcom has today published updates to the Broadcasting Code 203 the rulebook for UK broadcasters which sets standards for the content of programmes. Today's changes will see
that, for the first time, the Code applies in full to BBC broadcasting services and the iPlayer.