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 WHITEY BLIGHTY
Channel: Channel 4
Date & time: Friday 2 May: 7.30pm
Category: Racial offence
Complaint from: 7 viewers
One of a series of tongue in cheek documentaries by new talent, this show examined ‘what would Britain be like without its ethnic influences'. The presenter posed the question, and gave his own perspective on the subject.
A number of complainants felt that some comments criticised and stereotyped British culture. Some argued that the programme was offensive and others that it was racist.
In the ITC’s view, the programme focussed on the perceived benefits of immigration to a collective British culture, rather than any perceived detriment to individuals. Many other factual programmes have seriously examined the impact of immigration on British society. The ITC felt that the UK's dominant culture is generally respected, and robust enough to sustain a short, light-hearted examination of a cultural infusion that is taking place. A relatively novel approach to cultural exchanges was in keeping with Channel 4's remit to provide opportunities for alternative voices and perspectives.
The programme was not in breach of the Programme Code.