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MTV fined 255k for offensive material
The Guardian ^ | Wednesday June 4 2008 | Mark Sweney

Posted on 06/10/2008 10:31:13 AM PDT by weegee

Media regulator Ofcom has fined MTV £255,000 for broadcasting "highly offensive language and material" pre-watershed. These included the pre-9pm broadcast on MTV Networks Europe's UK channel TMF of an Aphex Twin video featuring offensive words including "motherf***er" and a daytime trailer for a Jodie Marsh reality show featuring the phrase "f***ing wanker".

Ofcom has imposed the hefty fine for "widespread and persistent" breaches of its broadcasting code by MTV Networks Europe channels MTV UK, MTV France, MTV Hits and TMF. The regulator said MTV had, in some cases, "repeatedly" broken the pre-watershed content ban.

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In determining the fine Ofcom took into account moves MTV said it has made to "strengthen and improve compliance systems" since late last year. "MTV Networks Europe takes this sanction and fine very seriously and has taken a series of steps to minimise as much as possible any breaches in the future," said a spokesman for MTV Networks. "These include strengthening procedures regarding programmes for pre-watershed broadcast, reviewing MTV's archive programming, increasing the number of staff involved in compliance and investing in a new channel management system."

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: culturewar; fine; mtv; mtveurope

Totally Jodie Marsh: one of the offending programmes. Photograph: MTV

1 posted on 06/10/2008 10:31:16 AM PDT by weegee
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Those plunkers!!


2 posted on 06/10/2008 10:34:44 AM PDT by 4yearlurker ("Give them Watts boys!!")
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To: weegee
MTV got fined? In the UK? That's something new
3 posted on 06/10/2008 10:39:17 AM PDT by wastedyears (Like a bat outta Hell.)
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How in the hell do you get fined for anything broadcast on TV in europe? They show porn on basic cable.


4 posted on 06/10/2008 10:55:35 AM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican
It's interesting to see because they call the US "puritanical".

They show porn on basic cable.

Italy has elected at least 2 porno actresses to Parliment.

5 posted on 06/10/2008 3:09:36 PM PDT by weegee (In 1988 Lenora Fulani was the 1st black woman to appear on presidential ballots in all 50 states)
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