TV censors at Ofcom is investigating ITV1's Calendar show over the use of the word 'nigger' in background song lyrics.
On the 22 May Calendar News, ITV1's regional news in the north and east broadcast a video clip celebrating sunny
weather. The report featured a montage of pictures of people enjoying the sun and was set to the 1930s song The Sun has got his Hat On.
However the TV company didn't listen very closely to the lyrics:
sun has got his hat on, hip-hip-hip-hooray The sun has got his hat on and he's coming out today Now we'll all be happy, hip-hip-hip-hooray The sun has got his hat on and he's coming out today
He's been tanning niggers
out in Timbuktu Now he's coming back to do the same to you So jump into your sunbath, hip-hip-hip-hooray The sun has got his hat on and he's coming out today
Ofcom has launched an investigation into whether ITV broke UK
broadcasting rules relating to harm and offence.
Ukraine has launched a bitter attack on the BBC, with senior officials describing a controversial Panorama documentary that claimed racism was rife in the country as an unacceptable provocation.
The Panorama programme was a direct assault, Oleg Voloyshn, the foreign ministry spokesman in Kiev, said, accusing the BBC of
lowering expectations and deliberately trying to sabotage the tournament. He added: It was a kind of provocation. Voloyshn acknowledged there was racism in Ukraine but added:
It's in every country. And
it's a smaller problem than was shown in the film.
We don't have real racism en masse in Ukraine. We have nationalists. They are anti-Russian, anti-Polish and anti-European. But the biggest problem so far has been between Russians
and Poles. And the Poles are already in the European Union.
The documentary, Euro 2012: Stadiums of Hate , was broadcast on May 28. It showed a group of Indian supporters being punched and kicked at a Ukraine league match, and
showed Polish fans chanting anti-semitic slogans. The graphic footage prompted the former England defender Sol Campbell to urge England fans to stay away from Euro 2012 or risk coming home in a coffin .
The BBC has robustly defended the
programme. It says it was made in accordance with strict editorial guidelines. Writing last week in a blog, Panorama's editor, Tom Giles, vehemently defended the documentary against Polish and Ukrainian criticism:
feel strongly that our reporting was both legitimate and fair ... The programme made clear that we were investigating the behaviour of some football supporters and political hooligans -- not the peoples of the countries themselves.
The Merchant of Venice is a 2004 USA/Italy/Luxembourg/UK drama by Michael Radford. With Al Pacino, Joseph Fiennes and Lynn Collins. See IMDb .
The BBFC passed
the film PG uncut for mild nudity and sex references.
But the Daily Mail ranted:
BBC viewers got a little more skin than they bargained for when they tuned into a lunchtime film of the Merchant Of Venice .
Some were taken aback by repeated scenes of topless women in the 2004 Hollywood version of the story starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons.
As well as around 15 shots of bare breasts there were scenes of a
sexual nature. One viewer described it as Shakesperian porn while another suggested it was strange to have shown it at 1.45pm.
The film was just two minutes in before the first sign of nudity -- a woman walking down
some steps with her breasts out over the top of her dress. Just a minute later another scene showed a woman on a boat with her breasts exposed as she flirted with men. Then at about 45 minutes in there was a prolonged segment showing topless women, as
well as sexual scenes which included a man groping a woman in a brothel. Just before this a group of topless women were shown on a balcony, calling out to passing men: Come taste my Christian flesh.
Vivienne Pattison of
Mediawatch UK said: It is incumbent on broadcasters to check what the content is. This should not have been shown at this time of day.
The BBC was showing the film as part of its Shakespeare season. It defended its decision
to air the film saying it had been rated PG. Yet on the BBC's iPlayer service the website warns: Contains adult themes. A BBC2 spokesman said it didn't feel the content went beyond what was acceptable for a daytime audience, adding the film had
been shown at a similar time of day before without viewer concerns.
The Daily Mail reported that the BBC had received four complaints about the broadcast.
Hundreds of complaints have been made to the BBC after two chefs competing on its Great British Menu programme were shown preparing dishes including foie gras.
Johnnie Mountain made foie gras ice cream while Aiden Byrne served black
cherry and foie gras terrine in an episode screened last week.
Production of foie gras, made by force-feeding ducks or geese until their livers are enlarged, is prohibited in the UK, although it is still a legal ingredient.
In a letter to
the BBC director general, Mark Thompson, Yvonne Taylor, senior programme manager for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said:
Foie gras is uniquely cruel in that it is one of the few 'foods' that is
produced by intentionally inflicting illness on animals.
Viva, which promotes vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, has written an email for supporters to send to the BBC. Part of it says:
Foie gras is
not produced in Britain, as the government has made it clear that its production would contravene existing animal welfare regulations, but sadly it is still perfectly legal to import it.
The BBC said it had received 418 complaints
following the programme. The BBC said in a statement:
There is currently no ban on the use of foie gras in the UK, and while we appreciate it is a controversial matter, many people do enjoy it. As long as foie gras
remains legal and freely available there is the possibility that it could be used as an ingredient in cookery programmes, just as it remains on restaurant menus around the world. If it were to be banned we would of course no longer allow it to be used.
The BBC has been hit with a 'flood' of complaints over a 'harrowing' sex attack scene in crime drama Silent Witness .
Viewers were 'appalled'
at the 'graphic' violence on the BBC1 series this week, contacting the broadcaster in their hundreds to register 'anger'.
As well as a scene in which a murderous prison guard carried out a prolonged sexual assault on a man,
apparently using a baton, the programme also featured 'explicit' images of a man having his throat cut.
Although the show aired after the watershed, a few viewers said the assault was graphic and nasty and went too far .
There have been about 500 complaints about two episodes, with the BBC receiving 483 and TV censor Ofcom a further 35. The complaints will be assessed by Ofcom.
A large number related to the scenes where prison officer Daniel Kessler was
shown attacking a drug dealer in a toilet. Viewers heard the violence being carried out in a closed cubicle and saw blood seep from beneath the door. The man's half-dressed body was later seen as the prison guard emerged from the cubicle. While the
attack was not shown in full, the use of sound, including the maniacal comments of the killer and the screams of the victim, left viewers in little doubt what was happening.
A BBC statement said the scene was not an attempt to gratuitously
shock the audience but was rooted in character and research and showed the brutality that Kessler was capable of . We don't feel the content of these episodes would have gone beyond viewers expectations We're sorry if you
[viewers] felt we got it wrong on this occasion.'
We've received complaints from some viewers who felt the two part instalment of Silent Witness entitled Redhill was too violent.
As programme makers we take our responsibility to the audience extremely seriously and try to make
sure we strike the right balance between compelling drama without being unnecessarily graphic. Towards the end of the first episode we had established that DI Bridges and Officer Kessler had previously worked together and that he was the one very much in
control. The final scene was not an attempt to gratuitously shock the audience; it was rooted in character and research, showing just what DI Bridges was prepared to do for her colleague for the sake of her family, as well as the brutality that Kessler
was capable of.
We acknowledge that certain scenes may have been challenging, but we filmed and presented them in such a way as to make sure that although as a viewer the implication was there, it was never actually shown.
Silent Witness is now in its 15th series and we believe the general tone and content is widely recognised by its regular audience. It's fair to say the show is known for tackling challenging stories and exploring adult themes and we
don't feel the content of these episodes would have gone beyond viewer's expectations.
As well as scheduling the series after the 9pm watershed, we made sure the content was widely publicised and gave a warning before both
episodes which on Sunday stated:
...With scenes some viewers might find upsetting and violent scenes.
....With graphic violent scenes and some scenes which some
viewers might find upsetting, Silent Witness.
We're sorry if you felt we got it wrong on this occasion.
Two months after thanking Radio 1 during a BRIT Awards acceptance speech, boyband One Direction's songs are still not being played by the UK's biggest commercial radio group.
Global Radio's Capital FM and Heart brands haven't aired music by the
group since Harry Styles mentioned their BBC rival while accepting an award voted for by Capital listeners.
Radio Today understands Global Executive President and Founder Ashley Tabor was far from impressed after the gaffe on 21st February at the
O2 Arena, and placed an immediate ban on mentions of One Direction or plays of their songs on air.
After the gaffe became national news, One Direction issued a statement apologising for forgetting to thank Capital FM listeners.
Claims that Daniel Bartlam's horrific crime might have been inspired by a Coronation Street storyline has fuelled nutter calls for TV soap opera bosses to show more restraint.
The scene in which John Stape murders a colleague with a
hammer was found on the teenager's computer along with a montage of violent scenes from other soap operas including Hollyoaks and Emmerdale , horror films and TV crime dramas.
Nutter group Mediawatch-UK has pleaded with producers to
take greater responsibility , stressing the dangers sensational storylines pose to young impressionable fans.
In the past five years 18 murders have been committed in the UK's three main soaps and TV watchdog Ofcom is reported to be seeking
assurances from broadcasters about the levels of violence being shown.
Beatrix Von Bourbon performed a striptease on Britain's Got Talent during her audition at Blackpool.
The performance was shown well before the 9pm watershed mark which led to 54 complaints from viewers who contacted the TV censors of Ofcom.
The audition ended with Bourbon stripping down to her bra, before taking it off to reveal she was wearing gold nipple tassels. However TV viewers didn't get to know this as ITV had covered up her breasts with superimposed stars.
spokesperson for the talent show told MailOnline:
Mindful of our family audience, Beatrix's stylised burlesque performance was carefully edited to ensure it was suitably in-explicit.