Tony Curtis Interview Earns BBC Radio Ulster Ofcom's Wrath
August 25, 2009 at 5:00 AM (PT)
OFCOM has ruled that BBC RADIO ULSTER violated the U.K.'s Broadcast Code when actor TONY CURTIS swore three times during the station's "TALKBACK" midday show on MAY 22nd. CURTIS, who did not appear to realize the show was live until late in the interview, and the station apologized to listeners, but the agency said that the show went "beyond the expectations of the audience for a programme of this type and at this time."
In other OFCOM rulings, community station RADIO HARTLEPOOL's "Spacesavers Sticker Spotters" was deemed to have been run unfairly with "false or incorrect" car registration numbers being used; BATH FM was ruled to have breached the Code with a live broadcast that did not disclose its sponsored nature; and HALLAM FM and ABSOLUTE RADIO were both slapped for failing to clear a sponsor credit for a SKY TV promotion with the RADIO ADVERTISING CLEARANCE CENTRE before airing it.