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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 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).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 241 04/11/13

Interview with Scott Whitaker (Unity 101), News (Russia Today), Programming (Desi Radio), Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (Channel 4), Big Fat Gypsy Weddings: Born to be Wed (Channel 4), Thelma’s Gypsy Girls (Channel 4), Complaint by the Irish Traveller Movement in Britain (Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, Big Fat Gypsy Weddings: Born to be Wed, Thelma’s Gypsy Girls), Complaint by Mr Andrew Cole (Emergency Bikers).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 240 23/10/13

Cops (Movie Mix), Sex and the City (Comedy Central Extra), Your Opinions (Sikh Channel), Rugby Sevens (BT Sport), Advertising minutage (Aaj Tak), Complaint by The Rt Hon the Lord McAlpine of West Green (This Morning), Complaint by The Rt Hon the Lord McAlpine of West Green (Newsnight) and Complaint by Mr E (Battle Scarred: Soldiers Behind Bars)

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 239 07/10/13

Ofcom’s decisions on the broadcast coverage related to the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby on 22 May 2013, Encrypted Material Broadcast Free To Air (ExGirlfriends), Caught on Camera (CBS Reality), News (IBC Tamil), Sky Poker.com bonus promotion, Brit Cops: Frontline Crime (Pick TV), Advertising minutage (ITV4, More4), Shorts International Limited, Complaint by Bindmans LLP on behalf of Mr Rajasingham Jayadevan, Complaint by Bindmans LLP on behalf of Mr Rajasingham Jayadevan & Complaint by Mrs Jacqueline Graham-Kevan on behalf of Ms Bethany Graham-Kevan, her daughter.

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 238 23/09/13

Playboy TV Chat, Sponsorship of Al Jazeera Weather Reports by Qatar Airways, Broadcasting licensees’ Relevant Turnover returns, various Fairness and Privacy cases

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 237 09/09/13

Britain’s Got More Talent, Various political items, Item for Bangladesh Nationalist Youth Organisation, Finspreads sponsorship of The Financial Report, Sky News, Commercial reference to Pakistan International Airways, Accountancy with Mahbub Murshed, Trailer for Blood+, Community radio licensees, and various Fairness and Privacy cases.

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 236 27/08/13

Paigham-e-Mustafa, Programme about the attack on Lieutenant-General Brar, Global Khatm-E-Nabuwat Movement, Khatm-E-Nabuwat, Provision of recording, Hollyoaks, Dave Kelly, Clinic Matters, Material Girl, Item for Free Mawlana Sayeedi Federation UK, Maya Nigom, News (NTV), Sponsorship of Idiots, Sponsorship of Power Voice 2012, Weather, Drivetime, Blast 106, Complaint by Ms D (The Hotel), Complaints by Mr John Barton Jayne, Ms Rachel Gray, Mr Lynton Spence, Mr Lee Hollywood, Ms D & Miss Karen Riley.

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 235 05/08/13

Northern Birds (Sky channel 935), Essex Babes (Sky channel 936), Sportxxx Girls (Sky channel 940), Livexxx Babes (Sky channel 942), Audio description and subtitling provision (ESPN), Studio 66 Days (Studio 66 TV 1 (Channel 912), Studio 66 TV 1 (Channel 912), Studio 66 TV Nights Studio 66 TV 3 (Channel 941), Studio 66 TV Days Studio 66 TV 3 (Channel 941), Studio 66 TV Nights Studio 66 TV 2 (Channel 938), Murder Files: The Sketchbook Killer (Channel 5), Inside Hollywood (5 USA), Fight Night Live (Sky Sports 1), Man About Town (Movie Mix), News (CHSTV), Sponsorship of Metro Life (NTV).

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 234 15/07/13

DM Digital, The Pitch, Journey of a Lifetime, Weekend Out, It’s Complicated (trailer), Bradford: City of Dreams, Complaint by Mrs Yvonne-Charley Walsh on her own behalf and on behalf of Mrs M A Mallender, Mr Johnnie Mallender and Mr David Mallender, Complaint by Mr Gareth Davies on behalf of himself and Apex Multiple Contractors

Broadcast Bulletin Issue number 233 01/07/13

Psychic Today, Rock All Stars, Al Ehya Digital Television Limited, Channel Nine UK, Jackpot247, Super Casino, Cowboy Builders, Loose Women, The Secret Millions, Refusal to broadcast advertisements for BT Sport channels, Attheraces, “Canoe Man” and news items relating to Mr John Darwin and Mrs Anne Darwin,Complaint by Mr Gary Radford

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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.