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Broadcast Bulletins

The Broadcast Bulletin sets out the work of Ofcom's Content and Standards Team who deal with complaints relating to broadcasting on radio and television to ensure adherence to Ofcom's Broadcasting Code and investigate issues of harm and offence, and privacy in broadcasting.

The Broadcast Bulletin reports on the outcome of investigations into alleged breaches of those Ofcom codes with which broadcasters regulated by Ofcom are required to comply. These include:

a) Ofcoms Broadcasting Code (the Code), the most recent version of which took effect on 28 February 2011and covers all programmes broadcast on or after 28 February 2011. The Broadcasting Code can be found at: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/broadcasting/broadcast-codes/broadcast-code/.

Note: Programmes broadcast prior to 28 February 2011 are covered by the version of the Code that was in force at the date of broadcast.

b) the Code on the Scheduling of Television Advertising (COSTA) which came into effect on 1 September 2008 and contains rules on how much advertising and teleshopping may be scheduled in programmes, how many breaks are allowed and when they may be taken. COSTA can be found at: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/broadcasting/broadcast-codes/advert-code/.

c) certain sections of the BCAP Code: the UK Code of Broadcast Advertising, which relate to those areas of the BCAP Code for which Ofcom retains regulatory responsibility. These include:

  • the prohibition on political advertising;
  • sponsorship (see Rules 9.2 and 9.3 of the Code);
  • participation TV advertising. This includes long-form advertising predicated on premium rate telephone services most notably chat (including adult chat), psychic readings and dedicated quiz TV (Call TV quiz services). Ofcom is also responsible for regulating gambling, dating and message board material where these are broadcast as advertising (-1-); and
  • the imposition of statutory sanctions in advertising cases.

The BCAP Code can be found at: http://www.bcap.org.uk/Advertising-Codes/Broadcast-HTML.aspx

Other codes and requirements may also apply to broadcasters, depending on their circumstances. These include the Code on Television Access Services (which sets out how much subtitling, signing and audio description relevant licensees must provide), the Code on Electronic Programme Guides, the Code on Listed Events, and the Cross Promotion Code. Links to all these codes can be found at: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/broadcasting/broadcast-codes/

It is Ofcoms policy to describe fully the content in television and radio programmes that is subject to broadcast investigations. Some of the language and descriptions used in Ofcoms Broadcast Bulletin may therefore cause offence.

Footnotes:

  1.- BCAP and ASA continue to regulate conventional teleshopping content and spot advertising for these types of services where it is permitted.

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Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 276 30/03/15

News BBC1, South East Today BBC1 South East, Competition 5USA, Sponsorship credits Tritio Matra, International Television Channel Europe Limited regarding its service NTV (TLCS-1624), Complaint by Mr Musawer Mansoor Ijaz Khara Sach, ARY News,

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 275 16/03/15

Made in Leeds, Heat TV, Sentinelle TV ( DM News Plus), Voice of Africa Radio (Newham), CHS.TV Limited, BBC Scotland Investigates: Lawyers Behaving Badly, CCTV: Caught on Camera – Lift Watching, Channel 4.

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 274 02/03/15

Turkish Gold Radio (North London), Champneys (ITV).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 273 16/02/15

News report on Metropolitan Police Service and the Ellison Review (Channel 4 News), CCTV News, The Political Slot (Channel 4), Major League Baseball (ESPN), Shera Kontho (Channel i), Community Announcement (Channel i), HUM Europe, Note to Broadcasters, Smash Hits, SAB, BT Sport 1, ESPN, MATV, Sentinelle TV (DM News Plus), PTC Punjabi, Studio 66 TV1, Drystone Radio (Sutton in Craven), Corby Radio, North Manchester FM.

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 272 02/02/15

The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw, Code on the Scheduling of Television Advertising compliance reports, Cartoonito, The Travel Channel, Week In Week Out: Undercover Veteran ( The Battle for Treatment, BBC1 Wales), Call the Council ( BBC 2), Saints and Scroungers ( BBC 1).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 271 19/01/15

The Official Kiss Top 40 (Kiss 100 FM), My Sister's Keeper (Film 4), This Morning (ITV), The Jeremy Kyle Show (ITV), LFC TV, Aaj Tak, Ramadhan Radio, Khara Sach (ARY News), On Screen Caption (ARY News), News Reports (Radio Scilly).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 270 05/01/15

Wanted (Resonance FM), Oh Messy Life (Sheffield Live TV), BBC News (BBC News Channel), Production of recordings (DM News Plus), ARY News and ITV News Meridian.

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 269 15/12/14

HardGlam, James O’Brien (LBC 97.3 FM), Rohani Alam (Venus TV), ARY News, HUM Europe, Showcase 2, and Sunrise Radio (London) Ltd.

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 268 01/12/14

Items for Friends of Al Aqsa (EAVA FM), Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning Show (Sangat TV), Saturday Breakfast Show (Metro Radio), Breach findings table, Under provision of audio description (Channel 5), Under provision of audio description (S4C), Under provision of audio description (Nickelodeon), Retention and production of recordings (Radio Ramadan, Huddersfield).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 267 17/11/14

It Takes a Thief to Catch a Thief, Big Brother, The Hotel Inspector Returns, Bait Car, Scotland Tonight, Communal Affairs, Item for Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf, Provision of licensed service

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 266 10/11/14

News (Russia Today), Newsbeat (BBC Radio 1), Bam Bam at Breakfast (Jack FM), Jago Pakistan Jago (HUM Europe), Provision of licensed service (Tudno FM)

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 265 03/11/14

Yoga for You (Lamhe TV), BRFM Drivetime (BRFM 95.6), Code on the Scheduling of Television Advertising compliance reports, Retention and production of recordings (Sunrise FM, Bradford), Police Interceptors (Channel 5).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 264 20/10/14

Property Show (Bangla TV), Ami r Ma (Bangla TV), Azan-e-Magrib (Bangla TV), Studio 66 3 Nights (Studio 66 TV3), Studio 66 Nights (Studio 66 TV1), Radio 1’s Big Weekend (BBC Radio 1), World’s Craziest Fools (BBC3), Jeeto Pakistan (ARY Entertainment), The Wright Stuff (Channel 5), TCR FM (Tamworth), Capital Xtra (Brixton & North London).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 263 06/10/14

ATN Rannagor (ATN Bangla), Kathryn Wilson (Cool FM), UK Local Election 2014 (Geo News), World Championship Boxing (BoxNation), Sponsorship credits (Afternoons on TLC), Sky News with Lorna Dunkley (Sky News), Monty Python Live (Gold), Complaint by Dr Halla Diyab (Al Manbar Al Suri, Al Ghad T), Complaint by the Council of the Isles of Scilly (Various news reports, Radio Scilly).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 262 22/09/14

COSTA rules and split-screen advertising, Tobacco Kills...Give It Up (Information TV), Golf in Cornwall (Information TV), How to...Plan for your retirement (Showcase), Drivetime (Talksport), Complaint by Mr E (Granada Reports, ITV).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 261 08/09/14

Europer Shangbad (NTV), Aey Shomoy (NTV), Icche Ghuri (NTV), Nil Ronger Golpo (NTV), Young and Gifted (ATN Bangla UK), News (RT), Backchat (Reprezent 107.3 FM), The Pitch (Sky Atlantic), Austrian Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1), Going to the Dogs (Channel 4), Provision of information: relevant turnover submission (Various TV licensees), Production of recordings (Voice Of Africa Radio), Production of recordings (Ambur Radio), Non-payment of annual licence fee (Westcom Media Ltd), Complaint by The Poplars Care Home (Panorama, BBC1).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 260 18/08/14

In Conversation with Lutfur Rahman (The Islam Channel), Hostel 2 - trailer (PRO4), Behind Enemy Lines 2 - trailer (PRO4), Adam’s Apples (ABN TV), Advertising minutage (Discovery Channel, Slovenia), Advertising minutage (Universal Channel, Slovenia), Providing a service in accordance with ‘Key Commitments’ (Chorley FM), Provision of information: relevant turnover submission (Radio Hafren).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 259 28/07/14

Top Gear Burma Special (BBC 2), Counter Strike GO: Pro League (Ginx TV), The Politics Show (Apni Awaaz), Legal Advice (CHSTV), News (Channel Nine UK), Business Talk with Sufi (ATN Bangla), The Simpsons (Channel 4), Gloria TV (DM News Plus), Retention and production of recordings (Castle FM, Leith), Provision of service (Radio 1458 and Radio 1035).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 258 14/07/14

Daily Politics (BBC 2), Advertising minutage (Channel i), Advertising scheduling (Channel i), Advertising minutage (Samaa), Advertising minutage (Aaj Tak), Provision of information: community radio station compliance reports (Various community radio licensees) Complaint by Miss Gillian Airey (This Morning, ITV)

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 257 30/06/14

Item for Save Bangladesh (Channel 9 UK), Guido (trailer (FimOn.TV)), Sponsorship of Har Lamha Purjoush (ARY News), Benefits Street (Channel 4), Advertising minutage (ABP News), Advertising scheduling (Channel 5), Advertising minutage (Channel 5+24), Provision of recordings and information (Yol TV), Providing a service in accordance with ‘Key Commitments’ (Meridian FM (East Grinstead)).

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a) Ofcoms Broadcasting Code (the Code) the most recent version of which took effect on 28 February 2011 and covers all programmes broadcast on or after 28 February 2011.

Note: Programmes broadcast prior to 28 February 2011 are covered by the version of the Code that was in force at the date of broadcast.

b) Programmes broadcast prior to 16 December 2009 are covered by the 2005 Code which came into effect on 25 July 2005 (with the exception of Rule 10.17 which came into effect on 1 July 2005).

c) Code on the Scheduling of Television Advertising (“COSTA”).

d) Other codes and requirements that may also apply to broadcasters, depending on their circumstances. These include the Code on Television Access Services (which sets out how much subtitling, signing and audio description relevant licensees must provide), the Code on Electronic Programme Guides, the Code on Listed Events, and the Cross Promotion Code.