Ofcom: Pol's Swearing Not A Code Breach
September 29, 2009 at 4:52 AM (PT)
U.K. broadcast regulator OFCOM has decided that national Rock station ABSOLUTE RADIO did not breach the Broadcast Code by airing CONSERVATIVE PARTY leader DAVID CAMERON's use of a crude term in a joke about people who use TWITTER. CAMERON, in a JULY 29th interview, told host CHRISTIAN O'CONNELL, "The trouble with TWITTER, the instantness of it -- too many twits might make a t--t." CAMERON later apologized for the comment, and OFCOM is passing on any sanctions for the broadcast, explaining that the joke was not a violation in context.
The agency also determined that community station RADIO HARTLEPOOL/HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND breached the Broadcast Code by airing a taped version of the "Classic 9 at 9" with solicitations for a text message contest that made it sound like the show was live.
Also in breach of the Code were Ethnic SUNRISE RADIO/LONDON for airing a sponsorship tag for its "Hit of the Hour" that ran too long (a repeat offense, although the agency said that the station had taken action to be more in compliance); and temporary station MAST FM for failing to retain recordings of its broadcasts to allow OFCOM to investigate an alleged sponsorship breach.