Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ofcom Investigating "Big Brother" Complaints

The UK regulator Ofcom is looking into complaints that Channel 5's show Big Brother has aired racist incidents after the show aired episodes which included scenes of contestants who called one black competitor a "gorilla" and another, the current Miss India UK, an expletive. Ofcom has received nearly 1500 complaints about the show this season. This is the second time in recent seasons that the show has caused a sensation; in 2007 when the show aired on Channel 4, it received more than 45,000 complaints over comments made by the late Jade Goody and others to Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty. Members of the House of Commons eventually took notice and Channel 4 investigated and Ofcom investigated. Ofcom eventually ruled that Channel 4's handling of the incidents was inappropriate.

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