Complaints Reports

Programme Complaints & Interventions Report

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 INTERVIEW WITH B*WITCHED

Channel: Nickelodeon

Date & time: Wednesday 13 May: 8.00 am

Complaint from: 1 viewer (upheld)

Background

A live interview with the Irish girl group, B*Witched, was shown in two parts between programmes on this children's service. One of the band members was heard to say what sounded like "fuck off" twice in quick succession. The presenter made clear his disapproval at the language and in the following link an apology was given.

Issue

A viewer complained about the use of bad language.

Assessment

Nickelodeon maintained that the singer had in fact said "feck off", a phrase made popular by the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted, but acknowledged that this was itself unacceptable at 8.00 am. B*Witched was dropped from further links that had been planned. The licensee believed the behaviour to be the result of immaturity and thoughtlessness rather than any deliberate attempt to shock or offend.

Conclusion

The item was in breach of the ITC Programme Code. The ITC noted the swift action taken by the presenter to minimise any offence. Nickelodeon advised the ITC that it is taking steps to tighten further the briefings given to guests before live appearances.