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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 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)).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 256 16/06/14

Sonia Poulton Live (The People’s Voice), Jerry Springer (Pick TV), Sex and the City (Comedy Central Extra), Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC), Community Announcement (Channel i), Provision of recordings (The People’s Voice).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 255 02/06/14

Audio description provision (ESPN), Guidance on Section Nine of the Broadcasting Code, Sponsorship credits (Channel Nine UK), BBC Radio Scotland Football (BBC Radio Scotland), Drivetime (107 Jack FM, Berkshire), Advertising minutage (SAB), Providing a service in accordance with ‘Key Commitments’ (Blast 106, Belfast), and a complaint by Mr Jonathan Hill.

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 254 19/05/14

Winning Figure: Toning and Nutrition (The Active Channel), Walton Golden Recipe (ATN Bangla), Janice Dickinson Live (FilmOn.tv), Retention and production of recordings (Peace FM), Retention and production of recordings (Castle FM, Leith), BBC News at One (BBC 1), 90s at 9 (Preston FM), Advertisement: The Supplements Game – The Truth About Supplements (The Active Channel), Provision of licensed service and retention and production of recordings (Castle FM, Leith), Provision of service (Ujima Radio, Bristol), Channel 4 News (Channel 4), Motorway Cops (BBC 1).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 253 06/05/14

Sponsorship of Tobuo Jibon (NTV), Accountancy with Mahbub Murshed (NTV), Aine O Adhikar (NTV), Education Consultancy with Kazi (NTV), Law and Talk (ATN Bangla), Legal Platform (ATN Bangla), Your Life in the UK (Channel i), Law with N Rahman (Channel Nine UK), Criminal Justice (Channel Nine UK), Note to Broadcasters: Targeted monitoring exercise – consumer advice programmes, Joystick Warriors (RT), Celebrity Big Brother (Channel 5), Occupy the Airwaves (Phonic FM), FA Cup Football (BT Sport 1), Two and a Half Men (Comedy Central), Jabbar Mega Mix (Fever FM), Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Lifetime), Broadcast interviews with Jeremiah Adebolajoand and Omar Bakri Muhammed (Channel 4 News), Sky News, (Sky News Channel), Channel 5 News, Report on Al Shabaab Channel 4 News, Advertising Scheduling cases, Advertising minutage (Channel 4), Complaint by Mr Terry Chaplin and Mr Michael Chaplin

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 252 14/04/14

The Jeremy Kyle Show (ITV), Face to Face (CHSTV), How Not to Get Old (Channel 4), Studio 66 TV Days (Channel 912), Studio 66 TV2 (Channel 938), Provision of recordings (96.2 The Revolution), Provision of recordings (Ummah Channel), Harbour Radio, Nothing To Declare – Australia (Sky Living), Advertising minutage (Aaj Tak), Complaint by Miss C (Criminals: Caught on Camera, Channel 5)

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 251 31/03/14

Iftar Amir Kay Saath (Geo UK), Sponsorship of Street Show Haat Bazar (CHSTV), Provision of recordings (1920 Evil Returns (trailer)

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 250 17/03/14

Big Brother (Channel 5), Maya Khan Morning Show (Prime TV), Shomoyer Sathe (NTV), Advertising minutage (Hidayat TV), Provision of service (OX105 FM (now Destiny 105)), Complaint by Pinder Reaux Solicitors on behalf of Aardvark Kennels (Channel 4),Complaint by Ms Joanne Cross (Channel 5) and Complaint by Limo Broker Limited (BBC 1).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 249 03/03/14

Dog and Beth: On the Hunt (CBS Reality), Our World – Sri Lanka’s Unfinished War (BBC 1 and BBC News), News (Bangla TV), Sponsorship of Balika Vadhu (Colors), Provision of licensed service (London Turkish Radio), Providing a service in accordance with ‘Key Commitments’ (Biggles FM), Complaint by Miss Laura Muirhead (BBC3) & Complaint by Mr Chris Reynard (Cowboy Traders).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 248 17/02/14

Get Lucky TV (channel 908), Lucky Star (channel 909), Party (channel 175), Battlecam Comedy (FilmOn.TV), Cruising With The Stars (Holiday and Cruise Channel), Complaint by Ms A (Scott & Bailey), Complaint by Carter-Ruck Solicitors on behalf of The Church of Scientology International (Scientologists at War) & Complaint by Mr John Lewis (Sky News)

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 247 03/02/14

Scorned: Crimes of Passion (Investigation Discovery), Embarrassing Bodies TLC (Poland), Retention and production of recordings (Peace FM), Mr Selfridge (ITV3),Advertising minutage (News18 India, Bliss), Complaint by Mr G (999: What’s Your Emergency, Channel 4), Complaint by Mr Dean Hanson-Shaw and Mrs Beverley Hanson-Shaw (Watchdog, BBC1) & Complaint by Mr Eliot Higgins (RT News, RT (formerly Russia Today)

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 246 20/01/14

Deadly Women (Investigation Discovery), Rich Planet (Information TV and Showcase), Production of recordings Hot Fork (Klear TV), Promotion of charity appeals on behalf of Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust (TakbeerTV), Sponsorship of Idiots (Channel Nine UK), Programmes featuring Anjem Choudary (Channel 4 News) Colors, Breach of Licence Condition (Heart Cornwall), Complaint by Mr Chris Holmes on his own behalf and on behalf of Bankruptcy Protection Fund Limited (The One Show), Complaint by Mr Milan Vincze on his own behalf and on behalf of Animal Transport (Dispatches: Undercover Designer Dogs)

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 245 06/01/14

Temptation (Klear TV), Red Light Central (Red Light 2), Sponsorship of Channel 4 Racing by Dubai (Channel 4), Hajj Coach (Islam Channel), Broadcast news coverage of the Woolwich incident on 22 May 2013 Iain Dale Show (LBC 97.3 FM), London Tonight (ITV), Channel 5 News (Channel 5), ITV News (ITV), Channel 4 News (Channel 4), BBC News (BBC News Channel), World News Today (BBC Four), Sky News (Sky News Channel), News Live (Al Jazeera News). BBC News at Six (BBC One) and Complaint by Mr Paul Collins (More4), Complaint by Mr Richard Ward (4Seven).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 244 16/12/13

Syrian Diary (Russia Today), Breakfast Show (Halton Community Radio), News (Samaa), Sponsorship of Sanskaar-Dharohar Apnon Ki (Colors), Sponsorship of Saraswatichandra (Star Plus), Sponsorship of Azan-e-Asr (CHSTV), Sponsorship of Adhan-e-Isha (NTV), The Buck Stops Here (NDTV 24x7), Charity Appeal (NTV), City Vibe News Hour (Siren FM), Coverage of Andover Business Fair (The Breeze, Andover), Complaint by Joseph Frasier Solicitors on behalf of Ms Saba Maryam, Statement (Noor TV), Complaint by Ms Bernadette Tully (Amber Sound Request Show), Complaint by Ford & Warren Solicitors on behalf of Mr Melvyn Levi (Yorkshire Radio), Complaint by Mr Shaun Tudor (Coppers, Channel 4)

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 243 02/12/13

Breakfast Show (Kerrang! Radio), Dave Bayliss Interview (BBC Radio Cumbria), Colin Murray (Talksport), Complaint by Mr Abkar Singh Rai (Let’s Talk, Kismat Radio), Complaint by Johnsons Solicitors on behalf of the Burzynski Clinic (Panorama), Complaint by Ms Roxana Tesla (Mary Queen of the High Street), Complaint by Mr Robin Vaughan-Lyons (Mary Queen of the High Street) & Complaint by Mr Dan Thompson (Mary Queen of the High Street)

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 242 18/11/13

Preparing Hajj 2013 (ATN Bangla), Retention and production of recordings (Controversial TV), Coverage of Andover Business Fair (The Breeze, Andover), Advertising minutage (Rishtey), Complaint by A Coole Electrical Limited (Calendar News, ITV Yorkshire), Complaint by Mr Gary Ireland (Emergency Bikers (and trailer), Channel 5).

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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.