Lessons on impartiality from the RT case

Margarita Simonyan, the feisty Editor-in-chief of RT (formerly Russia Today), may increasingly be having second thoughts about starting a legal challenge to Ofcom over its application of the due impartiality rules. In the first ever ruling by the Court of… Continue

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“Forced” confessions – broadcasters beware

If broadcasters needed yet another stern warning about the grave dangers of transmitting ‘confessions’ by individuals without carrying out reasonable checks first, then Ofcom has provided it. The regulator has upheld a complaint by a Qatari intelligence officer, Hamad Al-Hammadi… Continue

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Broadcasters: be Afraid, VERY Afraid

Moral panics rarely make good laws or regulation. The tragic death of Steve Dymond (pictured), who committed suicide after taking a lie detector test on the Jeremy Kyle Show, is the latest example. Ofcom is now proposing to introduce rules… Continue

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No sex please, we’re Ofcom!

Well, not quite…but any explicit sex must be limited and shown late in the schedule. That is the message from three breach findings Ofcom published this week (Bulletin 381) against Channel 5. The broadcaster transmitted three observational documentaries about the… Continue

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