Three things you should know about Ofcom and terrorism

FIRST – Ofcom has new powers to revoke licences of radio stations that broadcast terrorist material. This week saw Ofcom use for the first time its powers to suspend and then close down a radio station for serious breaches of the Broadcasting Code.

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Freaking Versus Fu**ing: Broadcasters Beware?

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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Islamic TV channels after London Bridge attack

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).

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