2020 has been a year like no other, with Ofcom receiving record complaints about some of the UK's biggest shows.
Throughout the year in telly, the British public took offence
to everything from explosive interviews, to pre-watershed violence and scenes of puking.
Britain's Got Talent received more complaints from viewers than any rival show
Raking in major viewings as usual, the show made
headlines on September 5 when dance troupe Diversity performed a routine to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Almost 28,000 people reportedly complained about very political dance routine. Ofcom did not agree with the wrong sort of
Good Morning Britain also racked up a hefty number of Ofcom complaints throughout the year.
By October, the show had received 9,000 complaints from viewers, with Piers Morgan at the centre of a number of concerns. In
particular, Piers' April interview with Conservative Health and Social Care Minister Helen Whately received over 3,200 calls, with the presenter being accused of bullying.
Morgan's interview with Health Secretary Matt Hancock also drew in hundreds
of complaints, as did an appearance from MP Victoria Atkins. When Piers compared the PM, Boris Johnson, to Worzel Gummidge -- a scarecrow from a kids' TV series -- another 390 picked up their phones to vent.
This Morning presenters Ruth
Langsford and Eamonn Holmes hosted a segment titled Should chemists tell their customers they are fat?
Ofcom confirmed the show had received 3,496 complaints about the discussion about pharmacists.
Sky News received 840
complaints from viewers. In August, one Sky News report was met by fury after it filmed a live broadcast of migrants crossing the Channel by sea.
The broadcast was slammed by Labour MP Zarah Sultana, who said it reminded her of a grotesque reality TV
show. We should ensure people don't drown crossing the Channel, not film them as if it were some grotesque reality TV show, she said.
Emmerdale chipped in with a remark made in the lockdown special which caused a backlash, when Jimmy King
thanked the deadly virus for suspending his parenting duties.
Ofcom confirmed 75 disgruntled fans had got in touch to raise their concerns.
Qatar's National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has welcomed the decision of the UK's TV censor, Ofcom, condemning Abu Dhabi TV channel for broadcasting an interview that it claimed were confessions of Qatari citizen Hamad al-Hammadi during his arbitrary
arrest and detention in Abu Dhabi prisons in 2013.
Ofcom said that the channel, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC), which has a licence from Ofcom, broadcasted an interview on June 22, 2017 alleging they were confessions of a Qatari
intelligence agent, who was discrediting the UAE. Ofcom said that broadcasting the interview against al-Hammadi's will, who was tortured and ill-treated in prison, was a severe breach of the principles of fairness and privacy set out in the Ofcom
Ofcom found that Mr Al-Hammadi was treated unjustly or unfairly in the programme as broadcast and that his privacy was unwarrantably infringed both in the obtaining of the footage of him and in its broadcast.
considers that the breaches of Rules 7.1 and 8.1 of the Code are serious and Ofcom is therefore putting the Licensee on notice that Ofcom intends to consider the breachesfor the imposition of a statutory sanction.
BBC Radio 1 will not play the original version of Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl this Christmas, seemingly because it thinks its audience of snowflakes will be easily offended by the lyrics.
Radio 1 said young
listeners were particularly sensitive to derogatory terms for gender and sexuality. It will instead play an edited version with different lyrics sung by MacColl. A BBC spokesman said:
We know the song is considered a
Christmas classic and we will continue to play it this year, with our radio stations choosing the version of the song most relevant for their audience.
The new edited version changes two lines - one swapped for an alternative version in
which MacColl sings You're cheap and you're haggard in place of You cheap lousy faggot.
In Radio 1's newly-edited version, another unspecified line, sung by Shane MacGowan in the second verse, has a
word removed entirely.
But the 1987 original will still be played on Radio 2, while 6 Music DJs can choose between the two versions.
The duet is one of the most enduring Christmas pop songs, having returned to the UK top 20 every year since
2005. MacColl originally sang the censored line on Top of the Pops in 1992. The same wording was used by Ronan Keating and Moya Brennan in their 2000 cover version. When Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie performed the song in Radio 1's Live Lounge in
2017, she opted to call him a cheap lousy blagger.