Chart Show Runs Afoul Of Ofcom Rules
December 8, 2009 at 4:54 AM (PT)
U.K. radio and TV regulator OFCOM has censured GLOBAL RADIO's weekly "BIG TOP 40" chart show for repeatedly mentioning iTUNES. A complaint from a MANCHESTER listener complained that the show contained too many references to APPLE's download service, and the agency said it found "gratuitous" mentions of iTUNES in direct solicitation of song purchases, although it said that references to the "iTUNES Top 10" were editorially justified and occasional references to the BIG TOP 40 chart as "powered by iTUNES" were also justifiable.
In other rulings by OFCOM, BAUER RADIO was found in breach of the Code for an extended sponsorship mention for SKY in connection with a "Win This Week With SKY" contest on HALLAM FM/SOUTH YORKSHIRE that included advertising claims made outside of the sponsor credit and in the programming itself; and community FM station ONFM/LONDON (HAMMERSMITH) was found in breach by playing an unedited version of PINK's "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)" featuring the "f-bomb."