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 BRASS EYE
Channel: Channel 4
Date & time: Thursday 2 August: 10.30pm
Complaint from: 10 viewers (not upheld)
This edition of a series first screened four years ago, dealt with the perceived moral decline of the nation. In a series of satirical sketches that included attacks on media hysteria, the ‘programme-within-the-programme’ made deliberately absurd accusations against organised religion - asking whether this was one of the root causes of the country’s moral decline.
Viewers were concerned that the sketches were abusive of the Christian faith in general and the Catholic Church in particular.
The ITC recognises the genuine upset some people felt over these scenes, but felt that there was a real satiric intent behind the sketches. These were trying to point out the blindness and the ignorance of those parts of the media that either report on subjects they don’t understand or choose not to allow the truth to get in the way of a good story. They also satirised people who blindly follow absurd ‘mystical’ revelations of the sort owing more to commerce than to belief. Satire inevitably produces strong reactions though similar complaints had not been received when this programme was first broadcast. The ITC was satisfied that neither religion nor religious leaders were the real targets in this item.
There was no breach of the Programme Code.