Has Ofcom increased the liability of broadcasters for the most offensive language? That may be the implication of the Resolved finding against Channel 5 for an edition of the ‘Wright Stuff’ published in today’s Ofcom Bulletin.
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So Ofcom has recorded its first breach of the Broadcasting Code against the Vice group of channels since they launched in the UK (see Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin, 19 June). No – sadly – it is not for edgy investigative journalism. But for offensive language on Viceland – and just for badly beeped offensive language at that.
It was coincidental but interesting that Ofcom published a Code breach against the Blackburn-based Islamic Ummah channel yesterday, on the Monday after the Saturday night London Bridge terrorist attack. Ofcom found Ummah had breached due impartiality rules for showing a discussion programme about the Birmingham ‘Trojan House’ affair (not illustrated above incidentally).