These reports are case summaries of complaints which appeared to raise issues of substance in relation to the interpretation of the ITC Programme Code. Summary statistics of non-substantive complaints can be found in the full reports which are obtainable from the ITC.
Showing Complaints & Interventions Report for MAXIMUM EXPOSURE
Date & time: Sunday 16 September: 10.30pm
Complaint from: 1 viewer (upheld)
Using archive material from around the world and, frequently, light-hearted commentary, this series looks at real life footage of crimes, disasters, outrageous events and dangerous situations.
There was a complaint that the programme was insensitive in the light of the World Trade Centre attack, which had happened five days earlier.
Amongst images of explosions and aircraft crash-landing, one sequence featured clips from the aftermath of a terrorist bomb on a tall building in a city. It showed a wrecked building, a victim being carried away on a stretcher and firemen trying frantically to evade a collapsing wall. This last incident, according to the practice of the series, was re-shown in slow-motion and again in close-up.
Flextech said that the Bravo channel, like others, was sensitive to the terrible events of September 11. The channel had amended its schedule throughout the week to ensure that any insensitive content was not transmitted and had observed the 2 minute silence. The licensee drew attention to the emphasis throughout the programme on the fact that no incident had resulted in serious injuries, but did appreciate that some sections of the programme ‘may have touched the nerves of some viewers’ and been considered insensitive five days after the event. Flextech apologised for any distress caused and stated that it would continue to monitor this series closely.
The programme breached Code provisions on taste and decency in the light of its proximity to the events on September 11. The ITC understands that Bravo has changed further episodes of Maximum Exposure to minimise any further possible offence and welcomes Bravo’s undertaking to continue close monitoring of this programme.