Ofcom has directed Trace UK World Ltd to broadcast a statement of findings in relation to antisemitic content broadcast by CSC Media Group Limited (“CSC”), a subsidiary of Colombia Pictures Ltd.
The service Starz – a UK satellite television channel which broadcasts music videos alongside texts and photographs submitted by viewers – broadcast a viewer-submitted antisemitic caricature. The licence for the service is presently held by Trace UK World Ltd but was held by CSC when this material was broadcast. Viewers pay for the broadcast of submissions and Ofcom therefore treats them as advertisements.
Under the UK Code of Broadcast Advertising (“BCAP Code”), advertisements must be prepared with a sense of responsibility to the audience and to society. Advertisements must also not cause serious or widespread offence against generally accepted moral, social or cultural standards. Nor must they condone or encourage harmful discriminatory behaviour or treatment. Advertisements must not prejudice respect for human dignity.
After an investigation (PDF, 1.5 MB), Ofcom concluded that the serious nature of the breaches of the BCAP Code by CSC warranted the imposition of a statutory sanction. As a sanction, Ofcom directed that a statement of Ofcom’s findings should be broadcast on a date and in a form to be determined by Ofcom.
Decision – Trace UK World Ltd (PDF, 350.2 KB) – 10 July 2019