Watch Out, Ofcom About!

TV or radio broadcasters of religious, advice or discussion programming better take care over the coming weeks and months. This week Ofcom revealed that it will be monitoring services carrying this sort of content for potentially harmful material. The regulator… Continue

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Gary Neville, Ofcom, and impartiality

Some viewers watching ITV Sport’s coverage of the pulsating World Cup Final on 18 December raised an eyebrow when English football pundit and former player Gary Neville criticised the current government. In answering a question about human rights and the… Continue

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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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