Monday, July 22, 2019

OPENING CEREMONY PRAISED; NBC SCORNED AT OLYMPICS’ START

July 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If NBC was hoping to win back the goodwill and admiration of viewers with its $1-billion Olympics package, it certainly got off on the wrong foot on Friday as it delayed the telecast of the Opening Ceremony until primetime in the U.S., refused to make it available online, and actively policed the Internet to make […]

BRITAIN’S BIG BROTHER FACING PROBE

July 10, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

OFCOM, Britain’s television regulator, has launched an investigation of the British version of Big Brother after receiving more than 1,200 complaints from viewers who charged that it encouraged bullying, racist remarks, and demeaning epithets, according to the British wire service Press Association. In one episode that generated 114 complaints, one of the Big Brother housemates […]

U.K. REGULATOR OFCOM SCORES THE DAILY MAIL

April 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In an unprecedented ruling on Wednesday, OFCOM, Britain’s television regulator, reprimanded the Daily Mail, which had spearheaded a drive to censure ITV’s The X Factor for a dance routine presented during last December’s season finale. The newspaper had published photos taken during the performance, which featured Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, stating editorially, “Critics called on […]

BBC TRUST REJECTS MOST COMPLAINTS ABOUT PRO-ISRAEL BIAS

April 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The BBC Trust, which oversees content on the publicly funded broadcaster, has let the BBC program Panorama off with a rap on the knuckles after its August 1, 2010 investigation of the Israeli commando assault on a ship that was part of a flotilla organized by activists attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza. […]

ANGER RISES OVER U.K. SOAP EPISODE ABOUT SIDS

January 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A public outcry has failed to diminish over the plot of a British soap opera concerning the mother of a victim of sudden infant death syndrome who swaps her dead baby with a healthy one. News reports in the British press said today (Friday) that the BBC has now received 6,000 complaints about the episode […]

BBC SOAP DRAWS THOUSANDS OF COMPLAINTS

January 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Thousands of fans of Britain’s long-running soap EastEnders have filed complaints with the BBC, which has carried it for 26 years, with OFCOM, the British TV watchdog, and on Facebook and Twitter, about its current storyline. On Friday, one of the principal characters discovers that her baby has died of sudden infant death syndrome and […]

CANADA WATCHDOG REJECTS COMPLAINTS ABOUT LUGER DEATH COVERAGE

December 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

After receiving 145 complaints from viewers, Canada’s television watchdog has cleared the CTV network of any wrongdoing for airing footage of the crash that killed luge contestant Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia during a practice at this year’s Winter Olympics. Most of the complaints cited CTV’s repeated use of the 40-second clip throughout the day. In […]

BRITAIN’S X FACTOR PULLS BIG RATINGS, BIG CONTROVERSY

December 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The season finale of Britain’s The X Factor may have produced record ratings for commercial network ITV, but the London Daily Mirror is reporting that the show has drawn thousands of complaints from viewers that the Simon Cowell-produced show featured too many racy productions that were inappropriate for a time period when many children were […]