|23rd December |
article from dailymail.co.uk
Channel If you expect festive cheer from your favourite soap this week, you'll be disappointed. For TV writers have been doing their best to give us the bleakest Christmas on record.
A corpse in a lake, the attempted strangling of a pensioner,
a baby abduction and the return of a notorious killer and drug addict, will feature in some of the most popular shows.
And producers have been accused of upping the ante on the last year's Christmas shock tactics to win the ratings war.
Coronation Street will arguably be home to the most dramatic storyline, as one of the older characters is throttled with a negligee. Jed Stone falls foul of Tony Gordon at the factory.
On Emmerdale, a dead body is discovered in an ice-covered
lake after another character falls in. And in EastEnders, character Sean Slater kidnaps the baby he thought was his and takes her to a deserted flat on Christmas Day. Then on the New Year's day show he falls into an icy lake with his estranged wife Roxy,
before leaving the show in a dramatic fashion.
John Beyer, of the TV pressure group Mediawatch-UK, said the soap shock-tactics were out of control: I just think there is enough doom and gloom around at the moment. Everyone's Christmas should
be a time of joy and peace, not a misery fest. Once again I feel like broadcasters are out of step with public feeling.
He added: They are all competing with each other to get the biggest audiences. They keep upping the ante to try to keep
the ratings up and the logical conclusion is that they will end up alienating the audience.
|11th December |
KNTV Sex is today's TV complaints story
Based on article
I think there are
questions of compliance...
[With what we think people
should be watching]
Channel 4 has received a few nutter complaints over a disgusting sex education series screened at a time when young children could be watching.
KNTV Sex , described by the channel as the alternative guide to sex education,
goes out at 11am on weekdays.
Aimed at 14 to 19-year-olds, it covers issues such as masturbation, sexually-transmitted diseases, fetishes, bisexuality and homosexuality.
It attracted 100 complaints from viewers.
One said: I
cannot believe that C4 would put such a disturbing programme on the air at 11am. The programme is not teaching anything except that sex is something amazing that you should do - it's absolutely disgusting.
John Beyer of Mediawatch UK said:
I think there are questions of compliance and how this show works with the broadcasting codes and the protection of children. Ofcom needs to look at this. The trouble is that Channel 4 just do what they want to do.
Norman Wells of Family and
Youth Concern said: Once again Channel 4 is seeking to push back the boundaries of what constitutes acceptable material for daytime television. The last thing children and young people need is another TV series that trivialises and cheapens sex and
divorces it from any moral context.
KNTV Sex combines animation and comedy clips taken from TV shows.
It is presented by the animated characters Kierky and Nietzsche, two teenagers from the fictional country of Slabovia, which
is described as the last communist state in Europe.
A Channel 4 spokesman said last night it takes a new approach to dealing with important issues around sex and relationships education for a teenage audience.
This series is
based on information and advice from both sexual health charities and teachers. There is no explicit imagery and the content is suitable for the morning schedule.
|10th December |
Death by assisted suicide to be shown on UK TV
Based on article from
A documentary that appears to show the moment when a man dies after going through with an assisted suicide was strongly criticised yesterday by anti-euthanasia campaigners and Mediawatch-UK.
The film, which is being screened on the Sky Real Lives
channel tonight, seems to show the moment when 59-year-old Craig Ewert, who had motor neurone disease, died. It is believed this would be the first time the instant of the a person's death in an assisted suicide has been shown on British television.
Both the documentary maker, Oscar winner John Zaritsky, and Sky insisted that the film, Right to Die? - which is being shown at 9pm - is an important contribution to a vital debate.
Ewert, a retired university professor from Harrogate,
Yorkshire, travelled to Dignitas, the organisation in Zurich that helps people to die, because he did not want to spend the rest of his days in a living tomb.
The documentary shows Ewert and his wife, Mary, exchanging a last kiss. He says:
I love you sweetheart - so much. Have a safe journey. I will see you some time.
Ewert is then given a liquid and told he will die if he drinks it. He drinks through a pink straw, then asks for some apple juice and music. Shortly before his
eyes close, he says: Thank you.
Dr Peter Saunders, a director of the Care Not Killing alliance, branded the film macabre death voyeurism. This is taking us a little further down the slippery slope. It seems there is a macabre
fascination in this death tourism.
Dominica Roberts, of the Pro-Life Alliance, said the programme sent out the message that some people's lives are worthless , adding: It is both sad and dangerous to show this kind of thing on the
John Beyer, director of Mediawatch-UK, said: This subject is something that is quite an important political issue at the moment and my anxieties are that the programme will influence public opinion.
head of Sky Real Lives, said: This is an issue that more and more people are confronting and this documentary is an informative, articulate and educated insight into the decisions some people have to make. I think it's important that broadcasters give
this controversial subject a wider airing.
|7th December |
Telegraph hypes John Beyers comments
The telegraph has created a nutter outrage story about Gordon Ramsey strong language out of a couple of sounds bites from John Beyer (again misspelled
Based on article from
It can be revealed that expletives were inserted into Ramsay's show when it was broadcast in the UK, after they had been bleeped out in the original version first shown in the US.
Nutters predictably said the decision to edit swear
words back into Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA for British viewers was extraordinary.
In one episode of the series, more than 40 swear words were heard by viewers when the programme aired on Channel 4 earlier this year, compared to
none when it was broadcast by Fox in the US last year.
The US series of Kitchen Nightmares was a spin-off from the British series of the same name, in which Ramsay attempts to turn around the fortunes of failing restaurants.
Instances of 'fuck', along with profanities such as 'shit'-, 'dickhead' and 'bollocks', were bleeped out of the hour-long shows when they were shown in the US in a 9pm slot in autumn 2007. When the series was broadcast in the UK this year, in a 10pm slot, the swear words returned.
John Beyer, director of the nutter group Mediawatch-UK, said: It is extraordinary, and only goes to show how much the television channels here can do what they like.
They keep defending the amount of swearing on television, but all
their concerns about 'freedom of expression' and 'the need to reflect reality' seem to go out of the window when it comes to making money by exporting these programmes to America, where they know audiences won't tolerate it.
Channel 4 said
its version was shown after Britain's 9pm watershed and was preceded by a clear on-air warning about its content. The US equivalent of the watershed is the 10pm safe harbor , after which more swearing is permitted.
A Channel 4
spokesman said: Gordon Ramsay is a well-known TV personality and viewers watching his programmes know what to expect. In the context of Kitchen Nightmares the strong language is a genuine expression of Gordon's passion and frustration.
|25th November |
Little minds whinge at Little Britain USA
Thanks to Dan
Based on article from dailymail.co.uk
Little Britain USA is at the latest target of the easily offended after 400 people lodged complaints about the series. The BBC comedy sketch show featured apparent full frontal male nudity and sexual innuendo from one of the comedians dressed as a
Nutters of mediawatch-uk described the programme as in poor taste and called for a consultation regarding taste and decency on the BBC. mediawatch-uk director, John Beyer, said: I am not surprised that they've had quite a
number of complaints. It's not my favourite viewing and some of the sketches I've seen are in poor taste. I hope that the BBC will consider having a public consultation about taste and decency. They should be considering how these things get on air in
the first place.
A BBC spokeswoman said: 'The BBC strives to make programmes that appeal to all sections of the viewing community and, of course, not all programmes appeal to everyone.'
|25th November |
Beyer looks to lead the BBC Trust and Ofcom
Thanks to Dan
article from mediawatchuk.org.uk
John Beyer, director of mediawatch-uk, said Jonathan Ross should do the honourable thing and resign over the Andrew Sachs affair. He said it would save the BBC any more embarrassment and sends a signal that standards at the corporation would be
Beyer also called on broadcasting regulator Ofcom to fast-track its own investigation into the infamous incident on Russell Brand's Radio 2 programme to ensure it was concluded before Ross's scheduled comeback in late January.
Sunday Express understands that Ofcom has assigned fewer than 10 officials to its inquiry and such a small team is unlikely to file its report for several weeks, particularly with the Christmas and New Year break. With three months not an unusual
duration for Ofcom probes, it is quite likely that Ofcom could go public, with a possible maximum £250,000 fine, at the same time as Ross's return to TV screens on January 24.
Beyer said that would be an embarrassment for the BBC and that
Ofcom should consider allocating more resources. He said: Given the circumstances, they should look at fast-tracking their investigation so that this gets done sooner rather than later. That would be very helpful for all concerned.
also said that Ross, whose lewd calls with Brand to Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs sparked national outrage, was continuing to drag down the BBC. He said he was satisfied with the thoroughness of Friday's report from the BBC Trust but said Ross was
blocking further progress: I think his position is untenable. Senior managers at the BBC have gone, even Russell Brand has resigned so clearly there is a question about Jonathan Ross. He should carefully consider his position. It would be the
honourable thing to do. What the BBC needs to do more than anything now is to show it has learned from all of this. There must be a review of standards of taste and decency and it has to be up to senior managers and presenters to adhere to them with
sanctions in place for breaches.
|21st November |
BBC to draw a line under the Russell Brand Show fallout
Based on article from
Jonathan Ross is expected to escape further sanction over the obscene calls scandal.
The BBC is thought to have concluded his three-month suspension was sufficient punishment for a broadcast that sparked 42,000 complaints.
It means that
in January Ross will be able to return to fronting all his shows for the corporation.
David Davies, Tory MP for Monmouthshire, said: The BBC is pathetic for not sacking Jonathan Ross. It is a slap in the face to the licence payers to let him
John Beyer, of the pressure group Mediawatch UK, said: It is difficult to see how this decision can be justified when there seems to be so much public disquiet about employing him at all. He has already had one chance too many. If
this is the case they [the BBC] will end up looking like they have not been tough enough.
It is expected that the BBC Trust and managers will issue a rebuke to Ross and Brand today while ruling out further punishment.
A senior BBC
source said yesterday: It would be a huge surprise if there was any further sanctions for Jonathan Ross. Much of the drama has already been played out, he is suspended, two senior figures in BBC radio have resigned and acknowledgements have been made
about tightening up compliance procedure.
It is believed that an internal inquiry will condemn poor editorial practices on BBC music radio stations. Insiders say the report will claim some controllers have been too weak in policing
presenters. Sources are suggesting that the new rules will mean every radio programme, even concerts, will have to be vetted by a senior executive.
|21st November |
Mediawatch-UK petition against swearing on TV
See article from
John Beyer of Mediawatch-UK has initiated a petition against swearing on TV:
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to make urgent representation to the Broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, the broadcasting institutions
operating in the UK and film regulators, asking them to stop the use of unnecessary swearing and bad language in their productions (including those available for downloading from websites) and to urge providers of user-generated content to take similar
Concern about the volume and nature of swearing on television made headlines when in November 2008 Michael Grade, the Executive Chairman of ITV, observed that swearing had become “unrestrained” and
“indiscriminate”. He also stated that people do not want to hear those words.
In May 2008 the Radio Times conducted an opinion poll, which found that 69% of people believed there is too much swearing on TV. In November 2008 the Sunday Express
launched a Clean Up TV Crusade focusing on the excessive use of swearing and the Sunday Telegraph conducted a poll which found that 56% of people thought the f*** word should never be used on TV.
The Office of Communications (Ofcom) in its
Communications Market reports for 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 found that the majority of people believe there is too much swearing on TV.
mediawatch-uk believes that swearing on TV has reached such proportions that it is threatening the English
language, that it is undermining the Government's policies on Education to improve communication skills and hindering initiatives to restore respect and civility to our society.
|17th November |
Mediawatch commissioned survey finds too much violence on TV
Based on article
Mediawatch-UK have commissioned a poll about violence on TV. Polling firm ComRes interviewed 1,010 adults earlier this month for the survey.
The poll claims that a majority of people believe there is too much violence on TV. The survey found that
64% of viewers think that entertainment programmes contain too many scenes of violence. Women are even more likely to disapprove, with 71% condemning the current output compared with 57% of men.
Of those questioned, 65% agreed that the Government
has a role in reducing violence on screen, but only 47% believed that regulator Ofcom is effective in controlling scenes of violence on TV.
Mediawatch-UK director John Beyer said: It is clear that the majority of people want action taken to
reduce screen violence, but the crucial question now is how broadcasters, film and game producers will respond to this latest expression of public concern about violence in entertainment.
At a time of rising social and criminal violence,
manifested in the shocking level of gun and knife crime, we know there is widespread support for standards to be raised generally, especially on television."
|16th November |
Newspaper defines 'bitch' as a swear word for the purposes of a bollox survey
Based on article from
Films containing 'high levels of bad language' are being approved for children to see at the cinema, a bollox investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has found.
Ten films cleared for children's viewing were monitored for their use of
expletives. In total, 'fuck' and its derivatives were used 17 times, 'bitch' 20 times, 'ass' 56 times and 'shit' 77 times.
All 10 films were passed recently by the BBFC with a rating of 12A, meaning that they can be watched in cinemas by over-12s
alone, and by under-12s when accompanied by an adult.
The bollox findings come three weeks after this newspaper launched the 'Vulgar Britain' campaign, which has sparked a nationwide debate about standards on television, on radio and in films.
The investigation also found that films are being subjected to fewer cuts than ever by the BBFC. None of the 10 films studied was subjected to cuts before being awarded its 12A classification. So far this year, only five films, or 0.9% of the
total released, have been required to make cuts by the BBFC to get their preferred classification - the lowest percentage since records began in 1914. Only one of the 159 films classified as 12A was subjected to cuts, even though many contain strong
language, violence and scenes of a sexual nature. None of 45 films classified as 18 have had to cut any content.
Among the supposed offenders was Ghost Town , a comedy starring Ricky Gervais. It featured two uses of the 'fuck' and four
'shit'. Shotgun Stories , an American film about two sets of feuding half brothers, featured the 'fuck' three times and 'shit' 20 times. Another film monitored by this newspaper, Where in the World is Osama bin Laden? , a documentary
about the war on terror directed by Morgan Spurlock, contained 'fuck' four times, 'shit' twice and the phrase ‘son of a bitch' eight times.
On its website, the BBFC, which is funded by the film industry, states that it allowed the film to be
released with no cuts. It adds: The four uses of that particular term 'fuck' in this case were allowed at 12A because the work was considered to be of educational value to an adolescent audience.
Sue Palmer, the educational
consultant and author of Toxic Childhood said: It is absolutely terrifying that the BBFC considers it appropriate to subject our children to this level of effing and blinding.
Nigel Algar, a senior curator of fiction at the British Film
Institute, said: There is a definite drift downwards in terms of what children are considered able to view, and these decisions are sometimes surprising.
John Beyer, the director of Mediawatch-UK, said the level of swearing in 12A films
was scandalous. We are spending millions of pounds on trying to improve education skills but by allowing these films through without cutting some of the swearing, the BBFC is undermining these efforts and normalising the use of obscene language by
A spokesman for the BBFC said: The role of the BBFC is not to see how many cuts we can make to films but to put them in the most appropriate age category. All our age category guidelines are based on extensive consultation with
the public, so our classifications are a direct reflection of what the public think.
At present, the use of the f-word up to four times in a 12A film is considered acceptable. These guidelines are currently being looked at again, in a public
consultation of more than 11,000 people, and if the public tell us that there is too much swearing at the 12A level, we will take this into account.
|12th November |
Mediawatch-UK get a bit of stick from gamers
Thanks to Dan
autumn newsletter from mediawatchuk.org.uk
Mediawatch-UK's autumn newsletter has just been published on the website.
Mostly predictable stuff but it does have an interesting summary of feedback in response to Mediawatch-UK comments about banning the up 'n' coming MadWorld game:
John Beyer, director of mediawatch-uk, said: This game sounds very unsavoury. I hope the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will view this with concern and decide it should not be granted a classification. Without
that it cannot be marketed in Britain.
We need to ensure that modern and civilized values take priority rather than killing and maiming people. It seems a shame that the game's manufacturer has decided to release this game exclusively on
the Wii. I believe it will spoil the 'fun for all the family' image of the Wii."
Within hours of these remarks being published a rain of hostile emails from gamers poured into our office telling us to "shut the f*** up",
suggesting that we have "got our knickers in a twist", demanding, as though we were on trial for an heinous crime, to know what right we had to impose our "narrow minded bigotry" on them and stopping them playing an "adult"
game of their choice.
Others, of a more sober character, asked reasonably why we should be so concerned about games when there was so much violence in films and on television! We were also accused us of being "cowards" for not
responding properly to belligerent strictures and one ‘emailer' observed glibly that "violent acts are not a symptom of video games and films, but rather the human condition". Another said: "If you don't like violent content, don't view or
Others thanked us cynically for drawing attention to the game saying they would rush out and buy it as soon as it was available. Yet others told us to focus on retailers and said that parents should safeguard their children from
Feature articles, grossly exaggerating the significance of our comments, were written in computer game magazines exonerating the multimillion pound games industry and headlines were achieved on Google News UK and
dismissive remarks made in The Guardian newspaper. It is comforting to know that the BBFC, too, received "abusive and incoherent" protests from gamers who disagreed with their decision to reject the game Manhunt II - a decision that was
subsequently overturned on appeal.
|12th November |
Whingers quick to fire off complaints about Top Gear
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has angered a few easily offended nutters by making a rude gesture to a policeman on TV.
He was seen holding up a middle finger twice while talking to a US patrolman. Clarkson was telling him they were not
fooling but making a documentary.
Afterwards he clearly thought it was hilarious that he had got away with the gesture by making out he was showing the officer what others had signalled to him.
Media Watch UK said: Clarkson must
like the publicity and obviously thinks he's untouchable.
The BBC said nobody had complained but Ofcom confirmed: We received complaints about the Top Gear programme shown on Sunday, November 9. These will be assessed.
|9th November |
Telegraph survey find majority want to ban 'fuck' on TV
article from telegraph.co.uk
Most people in Britain think the f-word should never be used on air, an opinion poll has found.
The survey for The Sunday Telegraph also shows that a majority believe that there is now too much swearing on television and radio, and that
comedy programmes have become too vulgar.
In the nationwide poll of 1,005 adults, by ICM, 56%felt the word 'fuck' should never be broadcast. Only 36% said it should be allowed, while 9% replied it depends.
More than half – 57% –
said that there was too much swearing on television and radio, while only 2% felt that there should be more, and 38% felt that broadcasters had got the balance right.
Asked whether television and radio comedy is too vulgar, 57% replied 'Yes', 39%
'No' and 4% 'Don't know'.
John Beyer, the director of Mediawatch-UK predictably called on broadcasters to take urgent action to reduce the amount of swearing on air. This poll clearly shows just how offensive the public finds certain
words and how tired they are of hearing their repetitive use on air at any time of the day.
Broadcasters must take urgent action to eradicate gratuitous bad language from programmes. They are long overdue in responding to public opinion on the
issue, and the poll shows that doing nothing is no longer an option.
Based on article from
John Whittingdale MP, chairman of Culture, Media and Sport select committee:
I am concerned. It appears that some broadcasters seem think that as soon as you get to 9.01pm, it is no holds barred with bad language. What seems
to be getting worse is the gratuitous nature of so much of it, particularly in comedy shows where it seems to be routine for everyone to use bad language. People find that offensive.
Obviously we need to be careful about being too censorious, and
swearing is permissible in some instances ...BUT... broadcasters need to be more thorough about making sure there's a good reason for it. The effect of the watershed is also being affected by the use of on demand services and services like the
BBC's iPlayer, where any programme can be watched at any time of the day.
Broadcasters are also so desperate to attract the 17 to 25 demographic, they are often ignoring the offence that is caused to older viewers and listeners with some of the
material put out there to try and draw in the younger audience.
Not so long ago, if some bad language was going to be aired on a programme, you would get a proper warning about the content before it was broadcast. Now we don't get that with
programmes like the Graham Norton Show , Friday Night with Jonathan Ross or Mock the Week . That is something the broadcasters should address."
|1st November |
Today's complaints are about Mock The Week
Thanks to Laurence
Based on article from MSN
Mock The Week has been criticised for broadcasting jokes about the Queen.
Frankie Boyle was one of several comedians on the show asked to think of something the Queen would not say in her Christmas speech.
He put on a
high-pitched voice and said: I have had a few medical issues this year - I'm now so old that my pussy is haunted.
Other comedians in the show also offered suggestions, including Hugh Dennis saying the Queen would not say: This year, I
am in an unusual location - I am in a cave with Osama Bin Laden.
Dennis also offered the suggestion: Yum, yum, I've just eaten a swan.
Russell Howard said the Queen would not say: And now for an impression, before
performing a version of Shaggy's reggae song Mr Boombastic.
John Beyer, of MediaWatch UK, told the Daily Mail: It is very offensive and should not have been broadcast. It is indicative of the sloppy way in which this kind of thing gets on air.
There is a great deal of respect for the Queen and people do feel very strongly about any kind of disrespectful comments about her.
A BBC spokeswoman said the show was a well-established satirical comedy series which sometimes built on
|26th October |
Nutters whinge at the few hours of grown up TV available
Based on article from
A Sunday Telegraph investigation found widespread strong language in programmes broadcast just after the watershed.
In the investigation, 25 programmes shown on the five terrestrial television channels between October 17 and October 23 were
monitored for their use of swear words. All started between 9pm, the official watershed, and 10.35pm.
In some cases, strong language began shortly after the watershed. In all, 'fuck' and its derivatives was used 88 times, 'shit' 26 times and
'piss' 13 times.
Particularly notable was last week's episode of Jamie's Ministry of Food , the Channel 4 series following attempts by the chef Jamie Oliver to encourage the people of Rotherham to cook healthy food. The programme, which
aired at 9pm on Tuesday, featured the 'fuck' 23 times.
Another programme with a high count was BBC 1's Traffic Cops , broadcast on Monday at 9pm, where 'fuck' and its derivatives were used 20 times. On Natural Born Sellers , ITV's
answer to The Apprentic e, broadcast on Thursday at 9pm, the 'fuck' was used 19 times.
John Beyer [erroneously misprinted as John Meyer] , the nutter director of Mediawatch-UK, predictably described the
findings as appalling. The use of bad language on television is now completely out of control. The fact is the public is offended by bad language but broadcasters are doing nothing to respond to that concern – instead they are burying their
heads in the sand and stretching the regulations to the very limit.
Obviously there are still plenty of young viewers tuning in after 9pm, so why do broadcasters think that so many obscenities after the watershed is OK? What is the point of the
Government spending millions trying to improve our children's language and literacy when broadcasters are seeking to undermine it?
Beyer called for the media regulator, Ofcom, to be given greater powers in overseeing the way online programmes
are aired. It is very worrying that children are increasingly gaining easy access to adult programmes online. The solution is for Ofcom to have regulatory oversight over internet downloads, as well as on air programmes.
BBC iPlayer and
other on-demand services are currently regulated by the BBC Trust and the independent regulator, The Association for Television in Demand (ATVOD). The Government is carrying out a consultation process on proposals to make Ofcom the complete regulator for
all on-demand and online broadcasting.
Ed Vaizey, the shadow culture minister, said: There is too much swearing on television, particularly in certain programmes which people construe as family viewing. Broadcasters should take the view that
there are still young viewers after 9pm, and that 9.01pm does not mean an automatic license for bad language.
A BBC spokesman, said: The BBC has robust guidelines in place making clear the most offensive language should not be broadcast
before the watershed and needs to be justified by the context.
Whilst we have a duty to reflect real lives and people, we are very sensitive about what we broadcast when children are most likely to be listening, and receive very few complaints
about offensive language.
"arents have a responsibility to monitor what children watch both on TV and online, but we have introduced an iPlayer lock to help parents prevent younger viewers from accessing guidance-rated programming.
A spokesman for Ofcom, said: Swearing is not banned after the 9pm watershed. However, when investigating complaints received about programmes broadcast after the watershed, we do take into consideration audience expectations of a programme, the
size and composition of the audience, and whether children are likely to be watching.
|19th October |
Whingers rant at Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food
article from dailymail.co.uk
Jamie Oliver has received complaints from television viewers 'offended' by his repeated use of strong language in his latest programme.
The chef's website has received
messages accusing him of using gratuitous obscenities throughout Jamie's Ministry Of Food.
Some suggest he is trying to usurp Gordon Ramsay as TV's most colourful chef.
Last week's episode of Oliver's Channel 4 programme, which
follows his attempts to encourage the people of Rotherham in South Yorkshire to cook healthy food, was peppered with swearing. In one five-minute segment he used the word 'fucking' six times.
Last night, the usual nutters questioned why Channel 4
did not cut some of the obscenities out of the final edit of the show, which is broadcast at 9pm.
John Beyer of Mediawatch UK said: The issue of bad language is something people are very sensitive to. Research suggests that the majority of
people find the repeated use of obscenities extremely offensive.
For Channel 4 - a public broadcaster - to continue to broadcast a programme in which Oliver continually uses obscene language in the face of so much offence being caused to the
public is extraordinary.
Dominique Walker, Channel 4 commissioning editor, said: The language does need to be seen in the context that the series is a post-watershed observational documentary and features Jamie at his most passionate.
A spokesman for Ofcom said: Our guidelines state that the most offensive language must not be broadcast before the watershed when children are likely to be watching. This programme is after the watershed.'
|13th October |
Based on article from
A new BBC series depicts a man possessed by the devil and being skinned alive in a gay sauna. Another episode shows a father threatening to sexually assault his daughter while in another, Mother Teresa is seen on her death bed.
called Apparitions , was the idea of the actor Martin Shaw, who also stars in it as a Roman Catholic priest.
He said he realised the programme would be controversial but added: I'm not going to pretend this is the most positive show on
Earth. We're talking about the end of all things but the message is that love conquers all. It doesn't show a wholly positive message, otherwise it would be Songs Of Praise and people would switch off. It is going out at nine, an acknowledged watershed.
Catholic bishops advised the scriptwriters and production company to help them portray the exorcism accurately, but a spokesman for the Catholic Bishops' Conference said: I will not watch the drama myself, it is not tasteful I haven't seen
it but people might well be shocked. I have to stress, it is a work of fiction. The Catholic Church would not have chosen the drama form to explain the issue of exorcism.
John Beyer, the director of the nutter group Mediawatch-UK, said the
programme was bound to cause controversy: This series is likely to be a clear breach of the Broadcasting Code. I'm surprised the BBC consented to a show like this as a way of depicting the battle between good and evil. There must be better ways of
doing that. They've got people sitting on crucifixes. It will cause very serious offence. This will create the same type of furore the BBC caused when it screened Jerry Springer The Opera.
A BBC spokeswoman said: Apparitions is a
post-watershed drama and the scenes are a vital part. Representatives of the Catholic Church were invited to ensure accurate depiction of all religious rituals. They read all the scripts.
|7th October |
article from dailymail.co.uk
John Beyer tortured by TV
In Channel 5's Unbreakable the contestants are buried alive, trapped in a tent full of CS gas and must wade through piranha-infested water. They are also subjected to waterboarding, a torture technique used by the CIA on terror suspects.
Critics say the content is simply unacceptable .
John Whittingdale, Tory chairman of the media select committee, said: You have to ask, where is it going to end? It seems that scenes of torture are being used as
entertainment. What next? Reality contestants having electric shock treatment? There is a point where such things should not be shown on television.
The motto for Unbreakable, which starts on Five tonight, is Pain is Glory, Pain is Pride,
Pain is Great to Watch.
John Beyer, director of lobby group Mediawatch UK, said: Ofcom's Broadcasting Code states that programmes should not include material that is harmful and/or offensive. This programme could well be
in breach of the code.
Waterboarding is a form of torture that I believe is illegal under international law and so should not feature in any programme merely as a form of entertainment.
We hope very much that Ofcom will be monitoring this
series and taking whatever action is appropriate.
A Five spokesman said: All the participants in Unbreakable were aware of the type of the challenges they would face prior to filming. The spokesman added that all tests were
supervised by experts and that volunteers had mental and physical assessments before the show.'
|5th October |
Beyer attacks entertainment industry
Thanks to Dan
Based on article from mediasnoops.wordpress.com
We advocate deep cuts be
inflicted on the
The government has launched an advertising campaign warning of the evils and dangers of knife crime.
Beyer sees this as the perfect opportunity to push his agenda by writing to the Prime Minister blaming the entertainment industries for the
problem. Beyer wrote:
Bearing in mind that the Government has itself launched an advertising campaign through the media, thus recognising the power of the media to influence behaviour, we believe that the time has come for
the Government to make it clear to broadcasters and film-makers that the gratuitous portrayal of the use of guns and knives, merely for entertainment, is no longer tolerable given the situation we all face.
If the necessary changes in attitude
and culture are ever to be achieved we believe tackling the entertainment industries is essential no matter how contentious the task may seem.
We believe that the time has come for the Government to make it clear to broadcasters and film-makers
that the gratuitous portrayal of the use of guns and knives, merely for entertainment, is no longer tolerable given the situation we all face.
|30th September |
Beyer dreams about the new UK Council for Child Internet Safety
Thanks to Dan
Seeing harm everywhere
Speaking today John Beyer, director of mediawatch-uk said:
We very much welcome the new Council and wish it every success in its endeavours. Many parents are very worried and concerned about the offensive and harmful
material so easily accessible on the Internet. We hope that the Council will provide a much needed forum where these issues can be raised and properly considered. The highest priority for the Council is the protection of children and the Prime Minister
was right to set it up. We hope that other countries will follow the example we have set in the UK and we hope it will lead directly to an International Treaty on content that will effectively require the plethora of pornographic and violent imagery
currently available to be taken down and the stopping of new offensive and harmful imagery being uploaded.
We hope it will lead directly to an International Treaty on content that will effectively require the plethora of pornographic and violent
imagery currently available to be taken down and the stopping of new offensive and harmful imagery being uploaded.
Comment: Ban it All
So as usual, this does not go far enough for Beyer. He wants an all powerful International Treaty that will ban and remove all porn from the internet.
As we all know nothing will satisfy Beyer when it comes to protecting
children other than the government agreeing to ban everything Beyer and his cohorts disapprove of.
Those responsible for protecting children online have come up with all sorts of workable recommendations (such as giving parents more information
as to the content of websites) but no recommendations other than BAN THE LOT will do for Beyer and his chums.
Beyer and Mediawatch UK see protecting children as a chance to impose their views on everyone else.
|20th August |
Beyer applauds the censors
The Texas Vibrator Massacre is available uncut from
Adult Video Universe
The BBFC has rejected the DVD The Texas Vibrator Massacre which means that it cannot be legally supplied anywhere in the UK.
From Alan: Texas
Vibrator Massacre Nonsense
This idiocy defies belief. I just visited the BBFC website. The first clause of the first sentence [" the independent regulator of the film and video industry in the UK ". ] is a piece of smug,
sanctimonious self-congratulation on their own "independence". So "independent" that they work within the crippling framework of the Obscene Publications Acts and the Video Recordings Act. So "independent" that I understand
that their leading lights include Lord Taylor of Warwick, Sir Somethingor other and Mrs Janet Double-Barrel. This shower are fully integrated within the establishment, intent upon doing its dirty work, and couldn't demonstrate real independence if their
lives depended on it.
I can't be more precise about names because the BBFC website appears not to identify any of the jobsworths. Remember the lamented www.bbfc.org.uk? These unsavoury jobsworths got the "Ban the Board of Film Censors"
site shut down. It identified some of these scumbags impertinently telling other people what they can and can't watch and tried to encourage whistleblowing among the body's employees. Something similar is urgently needed.
From the Melon Farmers:
Establishment or What?
Thinking of being part of the establishment, you can't get much more establishment than the BBFC appointee vice president, Gerard Lemos, he is a director of the Crown Prosecution
Gerard Lemos is a Partner in Lemos and Crane Social Research and Visiting Professor in International Social Policy at Chongqing Business and Technology University, China. He is also a non-executive Director, Crown
Prosecution Service; Chairman of the Banking Code Standards Board and Deputy Chair of the British Council.
From Dan: Beyer Happy
As usual Beyer's only happy with the BBFC when it's banning things.
Speaking today John
Beyer, director of mediawatch-uk, praised the BBFC's decision to reject this film. He said: We are delighted by this decision and we hope it will go some way to restoring confidence in the Board and it's Classification Guidelines. It shows that some
extreme material is still outside the very broad scope of what the Board finds acceptable for public exhibition."
|19th August |
Noel Gallagher, a lively oasis in the land of nutter inspired sterility
Thanks to Dan: One of the founder members of one of the biggest rock groups of all time drunk on Radio 1! Beyer cannot resist getting drunk on the
Based on article from the
At 9am during the school holidays, Noel Gallagher had a guaranteed audience of youngsters.
They heard the Oasis star boast about his drug-taking habits, and add that he was still drunk from the night before.
Gallagher slurred his way
through a 15-minute interview on Chris Moyles's Radio 1 breakfast show, confessing that he had managed only two hours' sleep. He went on to claim that he had taken drugs for more than 18 years.
The BBC was criticised by the usual nutters for
failing to take Gallagher off the show.
MediaWatch's John Beyer said: It's not appropriate for that time in the morning for a man to be in that state of mind or behaviour. The BBC should have been aware of his state and asked him to come back
when he was sober.
He is a role model that has a responsibility to youngsters and it doesn't set a good example - but I think the real fault lies with the BBC and the DJ who should have made the decision that he was not capable of being on air.
He is belittling the effects of drugs and that is irresponsible.
A BBC spokesman said: Noel Gallagher was very clearly briefed in advance and monitored during the live interview this morning. We have not received any complaints. As ever
Noel was a lively and opinionated guest. Of course Radio One does not condone drug abuse and if we felt our guest was drunk we would not put him on air.
|17th August |
A few film posters omit BBFC advice giving Beyer something to whinge about
Based on article
from telegraph.co.uk with a ludicrous headline: Hollywood blockbusters break rules on sex and violence
Beyer calls for
Some distributors including Universal, 20th Century Fox and Path้ are failing to include BBFC consumer advice for films or their age classification on posters and publicity material.
The BBFC has sent a warning to the studios reminding
them of their agreements. Its guidelines require that all films which carry the U, PG, 12A, 15 and 18 certificates must display their classification and warnings about sexual or violent content on all promotional material, including trailers.
inquiries by the BBFC and The Sunday Telegraph have found a few new releases being advertised on billboards and in magazines either without their certificate or the warnings, or both.
Posters promoting The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
do not carry the film’s 12A certificate or the BBFC’s warning that it contains moderate violence and horror.
John Beyer, the director of Mediawatch UK, said that the BBFC should do more to ensure film companies include the
certificates and guidance on material: It is the board’s responsibility placed on it by the Government to provide information for people, mainly parents with young children. I think part of the problem is that the BBFC is an industry body rather
than a public body.
Although the studios are not legally obliged to abide by the guidelines, the board “expects” them to do so. The BBFC, which is funded by the film industry, agreed to introduce the certificate in 2002 on
condition that movies carried highly visible warnings about content.
Other examples that have not carried the guidelines are Shine a Light , Martin Scorcese’s documentary about the Rolling Stones, and Lars and the Real Girl .
A spokesman for the BBFC said: Often one of the reasons why the certificate doesn’t appear is that the art departments working on the publicity haven’t featured it into their designs. On other occasions the publicity material for
films is released so far in advance that the movies haven’t even got a certification.
|13th August |
John Beyer rants about up 'n' coming MadWorld game
article from dailymail.co.uk
See also Busybody media watchdogs say ban M-rated games on Wii from bbs.stardestroyer.net
Nintendo will dramatically transform Wii's image with the release of ultra violent video game MadWorld which, revolves around the themes of brutality and exhilaration, according to its creators.
Players in the hack and slash
game, which is due for a UK release in early 2009, can impale enemies on road signs, rip out hearts and execute them with weapons including chainsaws and daggers.
The decision to release a violent game on a console which has
supposedly based its reputation on family fun has shocked anti-violence pressure groups.
The game has not yet been given an age rating.
Mediawatch-UK said MadWorld will 'spoil' the Wii. John Beyer: This game sounds very unsavoury. I
hope the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will view this with concern and decide it should not be granted a classification. Without that it cannot be marketed in Britain. What the rest of world does is up to them. We need to ensure that modern
and civilized values take priority rather than killing and maiming people.
It seems a shame that the game's manufacturer have decided to exclusively release this game on the Wii. I believe it will spoil the family fun image of the Wii.
|9th August |
The BBFC has played a key role in shaping our culture and society
See also The Dark
Knight tells us more about adults than it does about children from guardian.co.uk
The BBFC has played
a key role in shaping our
culture and society
John Beyer has taken the opportunity of the debate about the Batman age classification to rant at the BBFC:
We are not the least bit surprised that the BBFC finds itself embroiled in yet another row. The decision on the
Batman movie and the Board's response to the public disquiet illustrates again how intransigent this self-appointed "regulator" has become. It was a very great pity that Parliament rejected long overdue proposals to make the Board accountable
for its actions through the House of Commons Select Committee system. The BBFC has played a key role in shaping our culture and society and it is right that the Board should be properly accountable.
By adopting a permissive approach to film
classification over many years the most brutal violence, the most obscene and profane language and the most explicit sexual conduct has effectively been normalised and glamorised. Evidently the BBFC is blind to the moral, ethical and social havoc it
wreaks and it is time for the Board to be modernised so that civilised values and behaviour are reflected in its judgements.
Comment: Moral, Ethical and Social Havoc
Nice to see Beyer is using the controversy to push his own agenda. Remember folks it's not just about the BBFC giving a film the wrong age rating but about the BBFC being responsible for moral, ethical and social havoc!
it is time for the Board to be modernised so that civilised values and behaviour are reflected in its judgements.
Yes yes by having people like John C Beyer presiding over
what people should and should not be allowed to see.
Update: Another Nutter MP
21st August 2008, based on
article from tottenhamjournal.co.uk
The latest Batman movie has put MP David Lammy in a flap after he condemned the film for its "disturbing" content.
The Tottenham MP wrote to the BBFC claiming The Dark Knight' s depiction of knife violence and brutality is too much for a film classified as only 12A. He said: Many Tottenham parents will take their children to see the new Batman film
only to learn that the cumulative effect of the violence in this film is very disturbing. The film goes far beyond the superhero or fantasy film tradition.
Lammy has demanded the BBFC be made accountable to parents, adding that it is
"unacceptable" to expose young children to graphic scenes. But he did call the film accomplished and very enjoyable.
|30th July |
Beyer recommends Wire in the Blood
Thanks to Dan
Based on an article from The Sun
Wire in the Blood
A grisly cannibal sex plot is set to spark nutter outrage over the new series of Wire In The Blood.
The drama will show a Hannibal Lecter-type serial killer who eats his victims while they are still alive. Realistic scenes of severed
hands, fingers and body parts will be shown after the 9pm watershed.
Graphic scenes set in a fet club will show a leather-clad dominatrix played by former Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm.
Cristian Solimeno plays a kinky cop who is strung up
with ropes by the killer. He defended the scenes saying: It's fictitious and you have to suspend disbelief.
John Beyer, of Mediawatch UK, said: If this is what ITV thinks is acceptable, they are mistaken. I wish they would reconsider
showing it. People are longing for family viewing.
|15th July |
Beyer's gang challenges Brown's gang
Thanks to Dan
See also article from the Mediasnoops
The current spate of knife related violent killings around the country (and in particular in London) has given the tabloid press the perfect chance to whip up a panic of knife wielding youngsters going around stabbing people to death. This
has in turn given John Beyer and Mediawatch UK the perfect bandwagon with which to jump on to boost their own agenda and push their campaign to garner more support.
From Mediawatch-UK :
Cut out the blades
or we'll cut off your balls!
Brown Targets 'Problem Families'
More than 110,000 "problem families" with disruptive youngsters will be targeted as part of a crackdown on knife crime, Gordon Brown has said. They will get
parenting supervision, with the worst 20,000 families facing eviction if they do not respond. He aimed to make it "unacceptable" to carry a knife, with "prevention, enforcement and punishment" the focus. The prime minister also urged
more councils to impose 90-day teenage curfews "where there is a problem".
The comments came as he used his monthly news conference to defend the government's plans for tackling knife crime, which have been derided as
"half-baked" by the Liberal Democrats. BBC News online 14/7/2008
Cut out the violent stuff
or we'll kick you in the polls!
Speaking today, John Beyer, director of mediawatch-uk, said that the Prime Minister's wide ranging solution to the current knife crime crisis lacked one essential component: the media.
In his briefing today there was no
mention of the harmful influence of violence in entertainment which, over the years, has done a great deal to glamorise and normalise gun and knife use. We believe that the problem of knife crime will never be solved until the culture of violence and
killing, aggressive and anti-social behaviour portrayed in entertainment is stopped, he said.
We believe the Prime Minister should initiate urgent talks with the top executives of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, BSKYB, Virgin Media, the BBFC and
the Computer Games Industry to discover exactly what they intend to do to stop portraying violent gun and knife use in the entertainment that they think is acceptable. It is in the public interest for them to declare what part they intend to play in the
overall effort, that must involve everyone, to reverse the culture of violence they have created. It is no longer credible for the Government, despite its long-standing principle of non-interference, to exclude the influence of the media from the
"root causes" of this most serious and urgent problem.
|7th June |
Five boobs for Mary Whitehouse
See full article from
The major film about the life of Mary Whitehouse "boobed" by not showing Wigan artist James Lawrence Isherwood's original painting of her with five bosoms.
The Mary Whitehouse Story , shown on BBC 2, told how the nationally
famous TV campaigner annoyed the Beeb's director general so much that he commissioned a portrait of her with five boobs from Isherwood.
It was Sir Hugh Carleton Greene's way of "getting his own back" against Mrs Whitehouse whose tirades
against BBC programmes made his life a misery.
The TV film showed a toned-down "mock-up" of the portrait by another artist. In fact, Greene's original painting was readily available to the film-makers and would have added great
authenticity to the show.
The outrageous portrait hung in Greene's office at Broadcasting House and his habit was to fling chewed pieces of paper at it aiming to get five out of five.
The artist's sister-in-law Molly Isherwood
said: It's a pity they didn't make a few inquiries and I would have arranged for them to have an original of the Whitehouse painting. My brother-in-law hated any kind of censorship and loathed Mary Whitehouse in particular. He must have been delighted
when Sir Hugh commissioned the work of art.
|28th May |
Mary Whitehouse: Clean Up National Television
From the Times by Geoffrey Robertson QC
The Sixties were swinging and letters signed “Disgusted of Tun-bridge Wells” went unanswered by the permissive executives at the BBC. Who could stem this rising tide of filth?
Step forward an indomitable housewife-superstar from Wolverhampton,
She Who Must Be Dismayed. Her clean-up crusade brought down the BBC'
s Director-General and terrified liberals in the Church, the state and the stage.
It has taken the BBC eight years since her death to dare mine the comic potential of her
life as the self-appointed leader of the “moral majority”.
The Mary Whitehouse I knew was a tough, feisty, vainglorious woman, in league with the right-wing moral rearmament movement, instinctively aware of her opponents'
unscrupulous in exploiting them.
However, in all her autobiographies (she wrote three), she created the myth of the humble, self-effacing teacher, chosen by God to lead the country out of the moral wilderness cultivated by clever liberals. She
was David, who dared to take on the Goliath at Broadcasting House, slaying him, not with pebbles, but with postbags of complaints by her legion of followers, who sat glued to BBC Two solemnly recording every swearword in the Play for Today and every
innuendo in Pinkie and Perky.
The dramatist Amanda Coe has taken her at face value and run with her own account of the humble housewife who has greatness thrust upon her. It is a richly comic story and Mary is robustly reincarnated by Julie
Walters, upstaged every few minutes by Alun Armstrong as Ernest, her bewildered postman husband, who alerts her to the acronymic danger of her original name for her campaigning organisation, Clean Up National Television .
To make the
production work, Mary'
s enemies must be made equally ridiculous. So, Sir Hugh Carleton Greene is reinvented as a manic John Cleese figure, a lecherous, upper-class, overclever twit brought down by the simple soul he is too stuck-up to meet. Hugh
Bonneville does a fine imitation. And there is a wonderful (and more accurate) portrayal of Lord Hill, the smarmy “radio doctor” who ran ITV and disarmed Mary with tea and cakes. But it was Harold Wilson, not Mrs Whitehouse, who really engineered Sir
s removal by making the pliant Hill chairman of the BBC. It was Greene'
s penchant for satirising politicians and not his support for Play for Today that was his undoing.
The television play ends by showing how Mary learns to
manipulate the media – a formidable talent she had from the outset. It swallows her pretence that she was not interested in politics, but, on the contrary, despite the laughable obsession of her followers with sexual innuendo, her true concern was with
liberal and left-wing ideology. Her early target was Cathy Come Home – Ken Loach'
s drama about the underclass – and she discerned psychological discord and social anarchy in every Dennis Potter play.
Her fear of homosexuals was
visceral. She claimed that homosexuality was caused by abnormal parental sex during pregnancy or just after .
Her real political agenda came to the fore in her alliance with Mrs Thatcher, whom she supported at every election. This was a
betrayal of her cause at the time that it could have meshed with the antiporn feminists in the Labour Party. It was under free enterprise Thatcherism that sexual profiteering began to thrive in the Eighties – from the groaning “adult” shelves of every
corner newsagent to the dirty talk on telephone lines leased from the newly privatised British Telecom.
s bandwagon was finally derailed when her prosecution of the National Theatre for staging The Romans in Britain
s play attacking British Army actions in Northern Ireland) collapsed. She had privately prosecuted the play'
s director, but had been too mean to pay for her solicitor witness to occupy the best seat in the stalls, forcing him to
sit at the back of the Olivier Theatre. From this vantage point, he could not say for certain whether the object that touched the naked buttocks of Greg Hicks (playing a druid priest) was the tip of a centurion'
s penis or the tip of a centurion'
s thumb. After the case was thrown out and she had been ordered to pay costs, she cut a doleful figure, muttering tearfully that God will provide.
s cultural vandalism left its mark, curbing the most creative period
in British TV drama. If the corporation ever wishes to pay her a genuinely backhanded compliment, it should run a Mary Whitehouse season, devoted to all the comedy, drama and current affairs programmes condemned by her National Viewers'
Association. It would provide more entertaining and enriching television than its current output.
|24th May |
Beyer slates the public he usually claims to speak for
See full article from
The British public continues to
retain a high degree
of common sense
public to decide
what is acceptable or not,
is simply passing the buck.
[...A buck that Mediawatch
is happy to accept]
Thousands of people have been able to watch a sickening video showing the massacre of young Russian men before it was eventually deleted from YouTube. The horrific footage shows the terrified men lying beside a road having their throats slit in turn.
It was posted on Sunday, May 18. Three days later it was still there and had been viewed more than 8,300 times. YouTube promises that videos flagged by users as inappropriate will be removed from the site.
The film clip was removed within two
hours of Sky News Online contacting YouTube. The 10-minute video was apparently posted by a 17-year-old Russian. The description which accompanied it said: This is a little part of the full horror!
But John Beyer, director of campaign
group Mediawatch-uk, said:
While I recognise the argument about regulation at the periphery, allowing the public to decide what is acceptable or not, is simply passing the buck. It points up a lack of internal
regulation. People take advantage of the system and by the time someone takes notice it's too late - the damage has been done. It's a huge problem. We need an international legal framework to decide what is permissible. This sort of material should
simply not be uploaded.
Comment: Public Hypocrisy
Well if the public can't be trusted to decide what is acceptable or not, Then it rather puts a dent
in Beyers usual rhetoric eg ...
British public demands accountability for film
The results confirm what we have always believed. The British public continues to retain a high degree of common sense and is not impressed by the self interested demands of the film industry.
|12th May |
Nutters wound up by Jonathan Ross banter
Based on article from the
Jonathan Ross has wound up nutters with some boisterous sexy banter with Gwynet Paltrow.
Ross said he wanted to 'fuck' married mother of two Gwyneth Paltrow if his wife would give him permission.
His liberal use of strong language on his
recorded BBC1 chat show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross prompted gasps from the audience and the interview tone left Ms Paltrow speechless and looking shocked at times.
The astonishing language – thought to be the first time a major film
star has been spoken to in such a direct sexual way on television– has been heavily criticised by the nutters of Mediawatch UK and an MP.
Tory MP Philip Davies said Ross'
s undignified remarks called into question the BBC'
s role as a
public service broadcaster, particularly as he is reportedly paid £6million a year of licence fee-payers'
money: Mr Ross likes to use inappropriate language in an attempt to be outrageous but the question is, should licence fee-payers have
to pay for it on a public service broadcasting channel? My view is that they should not have to. I believe this issue should be raised with the BBC by the select committee when we have our next meeting with them.
The Sunday Express pointed
out that, although the programme airs at 10.35pm, it is available during the day through the online iPlayer service.
The interview with Ms Paltrow was broadcast a week ago last Friday. Ross talked about her two young children, Moses and Apple,
and inquired if she was thinking of having another child by asking her: Maybe having sex again soon?
A startled-looking Ms Paltrow responded: With you?
Ross then replied: Christ yes. I will phone my wife and if she gave
permission, I would fuck you. Clearly you are gagging for it.
Broadcaster Michael Aspel, a guest on the same programme, spoke about his days presenting Miss World and Ross asked him if he had 'fucked' a contestant.
director John Beyer said: Clearly the BBC is not regulating this programme or monitoring the language being used, which is unacceptable and unnecessary and degrading. With the iPlayer system, the 9pm watershed is meaningless.
s Los Angeles publicist Steve Huvane said: Gwyneth very much enjoyed her appearance on the show and the joking was all in good fun. She was not offended.
|10th May |
Still would like to see all porn users locked up for 3 years
Speaking today, mediawatch-uk director, John Beyer,
said about the Dangerous Pictures Act:
We are delighted that Mrs Longhurst has at last succeeded in her noble campaign, in memory of her beloved daughter Jane, to criminalise the
possession of extreme pornography.
We hope that this will be a first step on the road to restoring decency and respect in our society.
We remain of the opinion that the scope of the new legislation is too narrow and we will
continue to press for further strengthening of the Obscene Publications Act.
Comment: Narrow Minded Beyer
“We remain of the opinion that the scope of the new legislation is too narrow”
Yes yes Beyer. Because you and your cohorts believe that legislation should outlaw all sexual material and make it a
criminal offence to be in possession of even consensual adults sexual entertainment.
“We will continue to press for further strengthening of the Obscene Publications Act.”
Yes. Until all
that nasty grubby porn is banned and all the dirty little pervs who look at it in their filthy rooms are locked up in jail where they belong eh?
|9th May |
Dangerous pictures and gay hate speech
Based on article from
See also article from
See also details of Dangerous Pictures Act
The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act has completed its 3rd reading in the House of Commons and has received Royal Assent so becomes law.
According to BBC Newsbeat, the Dangerous Pictures clauses will be enacted from January 2009.
Beyer, Director of Mediawatch UK, and supporter of even stricter measures on pornography Said: It is important for there to be clear divide between what is legal and what is not. People need to know. Contrary to the views expressed by protesters,
he feels the new law provides that clarity on extreme material. But there may be a need for an amnesty, during which the public are able to hand in any material that could be considered a crime to possess. The last thing anybody would want is for the
police to be raiding people's homes.
The maximum penalty for obscene publications has also been raised from 3 years to 5 years in prison.
The Dangerous Pictures clauses went unamended but the Government backed down and allowed a free
speech protection to be written into its proposed 'homophobic hatred' clauses.
The decision came after the Government was defeated for a second time in the House of Lords. Peers voted 178 to 164 in favour of the protection.
This marks the
end of a lengthy battle to make clear that the new criminal offence should not interfere with free speech or religious liberty.
The amendment says, for the avoidance of doubt, the discussion or criticism of sexual conduct or practices or the
urging of persons to refrain from or modify such conduct or practices shall not be taken of itself to be threatening or intended to stir up hatred.
Words or behaviour which are threatening and intended to stir up hatred will be caught by the
offence, which carries a maximum seven year prison sentence.
Speaking in last night's debate, Lord Waddington said: My understanding is that the Government do not wish to see discussion stifled and people harassed, bullied, interrogated and
sometimes arrested for expressing their views. However, if that is so, it really is time that they did something about it.
Senior judge and 'gay rights' sympathiser, Dame Butler-Sloss, agreed that free speech needed protecting. She said: ...there are religious groups, not only Christians, not only bishops, but many Jews and Muslims, which share strong views that they gain from the Bible, the Old Testament in particular, or the Koran. Those people are potentially at risk.
She continued: It is those people who will potentially be intimidated; they will certainly be bothered and may go through an extremely unfortunate experience before calmer heads point out that under the new clause, as under older clauses,
they have not committed any offence.
The Government said the issue could be made clear by publishing guidance instead of inserting a free speech protection into the Bill. But Lord Clarke said: If we mean that we are to maintain the
principle of free speech, we should make sure that it is in this Bill and not leave it to the interpretation of guidelines, which would become another lawyers' paradise.
Following the Lords vote, the Government backed down and the measure was
passed by a substantial majority in the Commons. The offence will become law with the free speech protection included.
|3rd May |
Beyer supports call for internet watershed
Based on article
from the Daily Mail
The BBC is under nutter attack for allowing access to mature material 24 hours a day on its new iPlayer internet service.
The programmes are subject to the post 9pm watershed ruling when they are shown on terrestrial television. But children are
able to bypass age restrictions on iPlayer by simply ticking a box to say they are over 16.
They can then watch programmes with sex scenes, strong language and other material deemed unsuitable.
While the readily available mature content
on the internet is nothing new, many nutters are predictably horrified the BBC is not taking a tougher stand.
Nutters fear that it is in danger of rendering the watershed extinct with the iPlayer service. Others have called for media regulator
Ofcom to be given more powers in overseeing the way online programming is aired.
Conservative MP Philip Davies, who sits on the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, said: "I think parents would be massively concerned if they
realised how easy it was for their children to access such inappropriate material. Having that kind of tick-box self- certification is clearly inadequate. They may as well have no control on at all.
John Beyer, director of Mediawatch
UK, said: The BBC is promoting its iPlayer at every possible opportunity and they know that children and young people are accessing this kind of material.
A corporation spokesman said, however: "The BBC takes its responsibility to
enable parents or guardians to protect younger viewers from unsuitable BBC content on its websites very seriously and provides a number of tools to do this. For example, BBC iPlayer clearly labels programmes which may be unsuitable for young audiences. A
lock system allows parents or guardians to prevent younger viewers from watching guidance-rated programmes unless they have a password. Setting up these systems is optional but they can be easily activated at any time.
|26th April |
TV drama to be shown by BBC
Wednesday 28 May 2008, BBC: Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story
With Julie Walters starring as Mary Whitehouse and Hugh Bonneville playing her arch-enemy, BBC Director-General Hugh Carleton Greene, Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story will
bring to life the battle for Britain's morals that raged in the Sixties.
Julie Walters said: I am very excited to be playing Mary Whitehouse, and to looking at the time when she attacked the BBC and started to make her name.
90-minute film was written by Amanda Coe,
|15th April |
Ofcom clears Catherine Tate Christmas Special
See full article from
Ofcom have cleared BBC1's
Catherine Tate Show of breaching broadcast regulations with an expletive-littered Christmas Day episode that became the most complained-about programme of the festive period.
Forty-two people complained to Ofcom about the number of
four-letter words and stereotyping in the show, which featured a sketch in which a Northern Ireland family exchanged presents including a knuckleduster, balaclava and chocolate penis.
More than 100 viewers also complained to the BBC about the
show, including the excessive use of the word "fuck" by Tate's foul-mouthed character Nan Taylor in the first sketch of the show. Nan's catchphrase is "what a fucking liberty".
The regulator cleared the show, saying viewers
were already aware that the show was likely to contain offensive language. It said it had been preceded with a warning about offensive language and was broadcast 90 minutes after the watershed.
Overall this episode was typical of the Catherine
Tate Show and would not have gone beyond the expectations of its usual audience, said Ofcom in its ruling: For those not familiar with the show, the information given at the start was adequate.
The regulator said the depiction of the
Northern Irish family, who discover that their son is gay, did not breach broadcast standards: In Ofcom's view it would have been clear to the audience that, in a comedy show such as this, exchanging Christmas gifts of terrorist paraphernalia was
absurd in the extreme . Comedy has a long tradition of engaging with challenging subjects and confronting taboos.
The Catherine Tate Christmas Special, which guest-starred George Michael, was broadcast at 10.30pm on Christmas Day and
was watched by 6.4 million viewers. In all it received more than 100 complaints.
The regulator reported: As for the use of this language on Christmas Day, the BBC said that it does not regard any word as being more obscene on one day than on
another. It did take account of the different audience expectations on different occasions, but in its view it was not the general expectation of audiences that everything broadcast on Christmas Day should reflect its character as a religious
John Beyer 'Confused' by Watershed Concept
Speaking today John Beyer, director of Mediawatch-uk said that this finding “is a disgrace” and “seriously inconsistent” with Ofcom's finding last week about the obscenities used in the Live Earth concert.
No wonder the viewing public is
confused and have lost confidence in the regulation of broadcasting. Considering that Ofcom has itself found that the majority of viewers believe there is too much swearing on television, this finding is all the more extraordinary. The Communications Act
2003 requires that “generally accepted standards” are applied to the content of television and radio services and it seems to me that Ofcom is failing to take public opinion into account - and that is a breach of trust and certainly not what Parliament
intended when setting up the new regulatory regime.
|30th March |
Mediawatch welcome Byron Report
John Beyer director of mediawatch-uk joined the long line of groups welcoming the Byron report and said:
- Firstly, we welcome the fact that the Prime Minister set up the review at all which we believe indicates that violence and pornography it is a matter to be taken seriously
Secondly, we welcome proposals for a uniform system of rating games and the requirement that all games involving weaponry and combat are certified
- Thirdly, we welcome the tough new sanctions
proposed against retailers who disregard the age classifications on games.
- Fourthly, we welcome the proposals to raise awareness of game and internet content among parents and guardians and the
proposals to improve information on blocking inappropriate website content.
- Fifthly, we welcome the important proposal to establish a UK Council on Child Internet Safety and the recommended
objectives. This could provide a forum where any aggrieved person could seek relief.
- Finally, we welcome the criticism of some social network sites and the proposals for improved management and
oversight of them.
In conclusion Mr Beyer said: We cannot help but wonder how these important proposals will work out in practice and how quickly any new legislation needed can be enacted. The critical thing will be the Government's response to
Dr Byron's Review and how long it takes to implement the proposals. Their effectiveness must be monitored carefully and we will do our best to highlight the successes and any failings.
Has Beyer gone soft?
Thanks to Dan
Generally Beyer believes that age ratings and giving parents more information over violent/sexual content is not enough and there should be tougher legislation to stop such content being released in the first place.
But he here is welcoming age
ratings and more content information for children. Has Beyer gone soft? Maybe he might change his mind about locking up porn viewers next?
Don't bank on it though Still it's a suitable plug for Mediawatch UK's Children and the Media Booklet (to
advise parents.... That the media is a toxic corrupting spawn of the devil destroying our children with violence, sex and perversions and needs to be stopped now!)
Meanwhile the Daily Mail with Anne Diamond put a suitably Ban these sick games for the sake of our children spin on the story:
her article from the Daily Mail
to Ms Diamond some games such as Resident Evil 4 shouldn't be allowed to be sold even to adults. Does her role as a Mum of 4 give her the authority to tell us adults what games we should and should not be allowed to play? No! And I reckon she is a worthy
candidate to be included in your Hall Of Shame.
|7th March |
Beyer wants to apply watershed to internet
Sorry, sane adult
thinking not allowed until 9pm
...and I knock off
The continuous promotion by the BBC of its iPlayer over recent weeks, and Channel 4's On-Demand service, has given rise to questions about how this ingenious facility is to be regulated so that the predominantly young people, at whom it is aimed, may
be protected from offensive and harmful content, as the Broadcasting Code requires.
Ofcom, in its Draft Annual Plan for 2008/09, has drawn attention to the gap in regulation of downloading and says: These developments are exposing differences
in the regulatory frameworks because many of the rules applicable to content delivered by traditional broadcasters do not apply to very similar or identical content delivered over the internet.
Ofcom says: We will encourage all
content providers to promote and make available information about potentially harmful or offensive content in a form that is easy to understand. At the same time we will encourage the promotion of internet filters, firewalls and PIN access to television
services that are easy to use and are effective in helping people manage their access to the media.
In the letter to Culture Secretary, Andy Burnham MP John Beyer said:
Our concern is with regulation. I have recently been in
correspondence with Ofcom who tell me that the Communications Act 2003 excluded downloaded material from its regulatory oversight. Given that this Act requires Ofcom to have special regard for the protection of under-18s from offensive and harmful
material we wonder whether the Government has any plans to remove the exclusion so that Ofcom does have regulatory oversight of material downloaded from the websites of broadcasters who are normally subject to their regulation.
You will not need
me to point out that the ability to download programmes anytime makes the "watershed" completely redundant. We are aware that Broadcasters continue to defend offensive and harmful material shown after 9.00pm because of the watershed. This is
also one of the reasons for Ofcom failing to intervene on content when many people feel it is necessary.
We would certainly value your advice on how children and young people are to be protected from harmful and offensive material in the
downloading environment especially as neither Film nor Broadcasting was included in the brief given to Dr Tanya Byron.
Beyer is calling for an immediate review of the regulatory oversight of Ofcom and is recommending that it be extended to
include programming that is downloaded from broadcasters who are normally subject to its jurisdiction.
|4th March |
Beyer and co on drinking in soaps
Based on an
This Is London
The BBC has been criticised for its supposedly "irresponsible" portrayal of binge drinking in its top dramas.
Baroness Coussins, a peer who sits on the Advertising Standards Authority council, claims the corporation is failing to show
the negative effects of abusing alcohol in shows such as EastEnders and Holby City .
Speaking at an advertising conference, Baroness Coussins said: Holby City had doctors, no less, in excessive drinking scenes. Where are
the calls for BBC programming codes, or the equivalent in the commercial sector, so the consequences of irresponsible actions have to be shown?
In October, the Portman Group, which was set up by alcohol producers to promote responsible
drinking, complained to media regulator Ofcom that an episode of the hospital drama Holby City had been "highly irresponsible".
And yesterday, John Beyer, of pressure group Mediawatch UK, pointed out that two of the most popular soap
operas on TV, EastEnders and Coronation Street , are mostly set in pubs, adding: The Baroness has a point. But the question is, what are the broadcasters going to do about it?
The problem is that they never seem to want to do
anything about anything other than to carry on with their own agenda.
He added: Soaps are so popular with young people and it is mostly young people with disposable income that are binge drinking.
A BBC spokesman said neither
EastEnders nor Holby City set out to "glamorise" alcohol but intended instead to "reflect society". A spokesman claimed the corporation always tried to handle the issue "sensitively" and said it did in fact
show the negative consequences of alcohol.
|29th February |
Mediawatch commission poll in support of BBFC Accountability Bill
From Press Dispensary
Mediawatch-UK have commissioned a poll
to show support for Julian Braziers BBFC Accountability Bill to be debated in Parliament today. They asked:
| ||Agree % ||Disagree % |
|The amount of violence permitted in films, games and on television should be more tightly regulated?
||76 ||23 |
|There is an established link between the level of violence shown in films, games and on television, and the rate of violent crime in society?
||68 ||29 |
|The system of classification for films and games should reflect broad public opinion? ||85
|The BBFC process for approving films and games with a violent or sexual content should be fully transparent and accountable to parliament? ||80
Anyway the press release reads:
British Public Demands Accountability for Film Censors.
Mediawatch UK, the UK broadcasting watchdog, today publishes an important survey showing that 80% of the British public wants the
BBFC to be fully transparent and accountable to Parliament.
The results of the survey, carried out by ComRes, coincide with a Private Members Bill introduced by Julian Brazier MP (Canterbury), which is receiving a second reading in the House of
Commons today. The Bill attracted publicity earlier this month when the Board classified a number of video works, banned by the Director of Public Prosecutions, such as ‘SS Experiment Camp'.
John Beyer, director of Mediawatch-uk, comments: “The
results confirm what we have always believed. The British public continues to retain a high degree of common sense and is not impressed by the self interested demands of the film industry. We again call upon the BBFC to review its guidelines on violence,
call upon the games industry to act more responsibly on violence and call upon the Office of Communications to enforce the terms of the Broadcasting Code much more vigorously, particularly with regard television programmes that condone and glamorise
seriously antisocial behaviour and violence.”
With 76% of respondents wanting the amount of violence permitted in films, games and on television to be more tightly regulated, and 68% believing there are links between violent crime and the level
of violence in films and on television, there is great public concern that the BBFC's classification decisions should reflect broad public opinion and suggests that the general public is dissatisfied with the current system.
Beyer continues: We believe that the Prime Minister, who has expressed personal concern about all the violence and pornography that children can so easily see, was wrong to exclude film and television from the remit given to psychologist Dr Tanya Byron whose report is due next month. Film is a very powerful global influence and it is astonishing that the Board has escaped proper scrutiny for almost 100 years. It is right that Parliament should represent public concerns and we hope very much that Mr Brazier's Bill will go through unopposed.
|4th February |
Beyer experiments with moral outrage
Thanks to Dan
Speaking today John Beyer, director of mediawatch-uk, said about the moral outrage over SS
Experiment Love Camp :
"It beggars belief that the BBFC continues to defend the indefensible. We are supporting Mr Brazier's timely attempts to make the Board more accountable to Parliament. This is a long overdue reform and the Board's latest
decisions prove the need for his initiative."
Comment: In Other Words
We are supporting Mr Brazier's timely
attempts to make the Board more accountable to Parliament. Then it will have to finally answer to us and the legions of other blue rinsed moral guardians who like us vote Tory, read the Daily Mail and are disgusted at all the morally corrupting society
destroying filth that the wet liberal lefty morons at the BBFC allow people to watch at the cinemas.
This is a long overdue reform. It`s high time the BBFC stopped giving people the choice over what they watch and only allowed them to watch what
we the silent moral minority think is good for them to watch.
|2nd February |
Catholics urged to support Brazier's BBFC Accountability Bill
See full article from
Catholic Action UK
In a letter, mediawatch-uk writes to us:
'A very important Private Members' Bill has been introduced in Parliament by Julian Brazier MP (Canterbury), which aims to make the BBFC more accountable to Parliament. For some time the BBFC has been
classifying films with unacceptable levels of brutal violence, obscene language and some very explicit sexual conduct and nobody can do anything about it.
mediawatch-uk believes that Mr Brazier's proposals are long overdue and we are supporting
his efforts. Mr Brazier has specifically asked mediawatch-uk members to help him by writing letters to their Members of Parliament, or contacting www.writetothom.com, urging them to support his BBFC (Accountability to Parliament and Appeals) Bill which
will be given a Second Reading on Friday 29 February 2008
Needless to say if we do not do all we can to support Mr Brazier we will only have ourselves to blame if the Board continues to classify ever-worsening material.
We have said for a
very long time that the Board is a law unto itself and should be accountable to Parliament. Mr Brazier's Bill will go some way to achieving this and we hope his Bill will lead to a regime of classification that is more responsible, promoting greater
respect and civility in our society. Keith Vaz MP, Anne Widdecombe MP, Jim Dobbin MP and John Gummer MP among others are supporting the Bill.
More information can be found at: http://services.parliament.uk/bills However, it should be understood
that Private Members' Bills are vulnerable and do not always become law unless they are very well supported by other MPs. We would be very grateful indeed for donations towards this campaign, costing around £2,000. .
Julian Brazier (Con) is a
senior backbencher and a Catholic.
|6th January |
Festival of Light, not Mary Whitehouse opposed Life of Brian
Thanks to Dan
Brian's not the Messiah,
he's a very naughty boy
On New Year's Day 2007 Channel 4 had what it called a Monty Python evening . This included another showing of the film Monty Python's Life of Brian and a programme about what the ‘Pythons' have done since the making of the film.
The first programme, shown at 8.00pm, in which John Beyer, director of mediawatch-uk was invited to take part, was
The Secret Life of Brian which purported to be a retrospective look at the 1979 film that caused a global furore . John Beyer was interviewed for this programme for more than an hour by Will Yapp on 1 March 2006 and so it was a
disappointment that only a few seconds of the interview was used.
In the interview John Beyer made it clear that we recognised Brian was a distinct character that was not meant to be Jesus Christ. He said that we had sought legal advice and had
been told that the film did not constitute a criminal offence of blasphemous libel. The programme perpetuated the idea that Mary Whitehouse led a campaign to prosecute the film. This is simply not true and we have correspondence on file to prove this.
The programme failed to distinguish between the representations made by the then Festival of Light, and others, to ban the film.