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Offsite Article: James Whale vs Ofcom...


Link Here8th March 2019
A new ruling sets a dangerous precedent for broadcasting. By Andrew Tettenborn

See article from spiked-online.com

 

 

Offsite Article: Thriller...


Link Here3rd March 2019
Channel 4 resists demands to scrap film alleging abuse by Michael Jackson

See article from theguardian.com

 

 

The easily offended are easily aroused...

38 complaints to Ofcom about a joke at the Brit Awards


Link Here22nd February 2019
Jack Whitehall left a few 2019 Brit Awards viewers 'outraged' at his one-liners on girl-group Little Mix.

The comedian sparked disapproval for his quip about fathers grabbing scatter cushions following the band's performance dressed in hot pink leather-look outfits and matching thigh boots.

On the back of the performance, Whitehall said:

Raunchy! Dads up and down the country awkwardly fumbling for a scatter cushion right now.

Ofcom said it received 38 complaints about the music awards ceremony, 25 of which were made regarding the host's cushion remark.A further eight complaints were made about the general nature of Little Mix's dance routine. Little Mix Brit Awards Performance

An Ofcom spokesperson told the Standard: We will assess these complaints before deciding whether or not to investigate. This is Ofcom speak for the complaints being already consigned to the waste paper bin.

 

 

Devoted to comedy...

Russell Howard reveals that the BBC forced him to rework a joke lest it offend ISIS


Link Here1st February 2019
Nervous BBC chiefs once forced Russell Howard to rewrite a joke -- in case it offended ISIS.

Speaking on his Sky One show The Russell Howard Hour , the stand-up said: A while back I worked for the BBC and I did a piece about the Paris attacks when I said Isis weren't Muslims, they were terrorists -- and the crowd cheered.

And then, at the end of the show, the BBC lost their mind, [saying] "You need to re-record it! You need to say Isis aren't *devout* Muslims."

I was like, "Are you worried we are going to offend Isis?" Are they going to write in?"

When the routine was broadcast on his former BBC show, Russell Howard's Good News , the words devout Muslims were used, in keeping with the executives' wishes.

Update: Even woke comics aren't safe

PC is bad for comedy of all political persuasions.

See  article from spiked-online.com by Tom Slater

 

 

Legal reasons...

ITV postpone Fred and Rose West documentary shortly before broadcast


Link Here1st February 2019
ITV confirmed their documentary about Fred and Rose West has been postponed for legal reasons just hours before it was due to air .

The programme, Fred and Rose West: The Real Story with Trevor McDonald, was due to air at 9pm yesterday evening.

But hours before, ITV began advertising that a repeat of Trevor McDonald's Death Row would shown instead.

An ITV representative told the Mirror: Broadcast has been postponed for legal reasons and the film will be scheduled for a later date.

The new documentary presented by Sir Trevor McDonald exposes the details behind their sickening crimes, and it is revealed for the first time Rose was more violent than her husband.

 

 

Get out of here!...

Ofcom bins 80 complaints about animal welfare on I'm A Celebrity


Link Here19th January 2019
This year's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here has been criticised by animal rights' activists as beyond shameful after Ofcom confirmed 80 releated complaintshave been binned.

The TV cesnor said it would not be taking action over viewer complaints about the use of live animals in Bushtucker Trials.

Animal rights campaigners at PETA were not impressed, director Elisa Allen told the Mirror:

After nearly two decades, during which thousands of complaints have been logged with Ofcom, it's beyond shameful that I'm a Celeb is still allowed to roll out the same tired, tacky, moronic, and - worse - cruel 'challenges' year after year.

PETA is now calling for the ITV show to be axed, saying:

People are no longer wondering whether a celebrity will win plastic stars but rather whether the show will ever try something original, witty, or smart and lay off the animals who are terrified, abused, and even killed for a cheap, immature laugh.

 

 

Ofcom gets on their nerves...

RT is seeking a judicial review of censure from Ofcom


Link Here17th January 2019
The Russian propaganda channel RT has informed Ofcom that it will be seeking a Judicial Review of Ofcom's decisions and process in its breach findings of 20th December. Ofcom had investigated 10 RT programmes, and decided that 7 were in breach of its censorship rules.

RT commented:

We firmly believe that none were in breach. RT is left with no choice other than to seek Judicial Review of the matter.

RT determinedly adheres to the Ofcom Code. Ofcom itself has recognised that RT's compliance record 'has not been materially out of line with other broadcasters.'

None of the 7 in-breach decisions against RT concluded that we had disseminated inaccurate information. Ofcom's own analysis acknowledged that the network presented multiple sides in its news coverage and discussion. However, Ofcom proceeded to make adverse findings in a manner contrary to the law.

 

 

For having lost but once your prime, you may forever tarry...

Ofcom to investigate Peace TV for religious preacher suggesting that fathers should push their daughters towards marriage


Link Here 15th January 2019

The TV censor Ofcom has announced that it is investigating Peace TV over a programme with an islamic preacher saying that fathers should push daughter's into marriage.

During an interview on religious discussion show Marriage and Divorce, Haitham al-Haddad, a Saudi-born Islamic preacher, said fathers should push and convince their daughters to get married. He also suggested women who were unmarried in their thirties would not receive good proposals in the amount and qualities. (Of course people have been citing the traditional adage for a long while before Peace TV turned up: And while ye may, go marry: For having lost but once your prime, You may forever tarry).

Haddad has previously been widely criticised for calling homosexuality an evil crime - and showing his apparent support for female genital mutilation.

 

 

PC intolerance...

Ofcom dismisses complaints from viewers who think they know exactly how fictional gay women should behave


Link Here15th January 2019
68 complaints to TV censor Ofcom have been binned. A few viewers felt that a lesbian character seducing a straight guy with the aim of becoming pregnant was somehow not representative of what gay women should do,

The controversial scene, which saw Kate Connor attempt to seduce Adam Barlow in the hopes of becoming pregnant, was deemed unfair by some viewers as they believed it was unrepresentative of gay women.

After the episode aired, 68 people filed complaints to Ofcom. The TV censor told Digital Spy that the complaints were not upheld as they didn't believe that the storyline reflected their sexual orientation in a derogatory manner.


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