BBC Radio 2 Cited For 'F-Bomb'
July 17, 2007 at 5:44 AM (PT)
BBC RADIO 2 is among the broadcast outlets sanctioned by OFCOM for a breach of Rule 1.14 of the Broadcast Code for broadcasting an expletive at a time children are likely to be listening. The offending material, the line "what do you mean, f--k off?," appeared in a comedy sketch with JACK DEE on the show "THE GREEN GUIDE TO LIFE," aired at 1p on APRIL 14. RADIO 2 agreed that the language was inappropriate for airing before the "watershed" safe harbor and apologized "unreservedly."
OFCOM, which also sanctioned four TV shows for offensive material, noted that "There has been an increase in the number of cases where material which was originally produced for a post-watershed timeslot has been transmitted unedited or inappropriately edited for transmission pre-watershed or when children are particularly likely to be listening. This material often contains unsuitable language or violence.... All broadcasters are therefore reminded that they are under a clear duty to ensure that robust procedures are in place, supported by a sufficient number of appropriately qualified and trained staff, to ensure full compliance with the Code.... OFCOM expects all broadcasters to check their compliance procedures regularly to confirm they are robust enough to fulfil this requirement. Failure to have adequate compliance procedures in place to ensure compliance with OFCOM’s codes is a serious matter and can lead to regulatory action being taken."