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July 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Some Monty Python fans are up in arms following the deletion of segments of the group’s final live performance on Sunday that was carried by the pay-TV channel Gold. The censored segments which appeared before the "watershed" hour of 9:00 p.m. when children might be watching, were reportedly ordered by OFCOM, Britain’s television watchdog. They were not censored on the satellite telecast that was screened live in theaters internationally. In the Irish Independent, columnist Pat Stacey complained, "Nobody who’d settled down to enjoy a unique television experience had seen this coming. There had been no advance warnings of the on-the-hoof edits. … Ofcom’s intervention raises bigger questions about censorship versus freedom. Gold is not a public service broadcaster. Unlike RTE or the BBC, it’s not automatically beamed into every license-payer’s household. If you want it, you have to pay for it."