BBC defends Eastenders rape scene after receiving nearly 300 complaints

The BBC has issued a statement in defence of EastEnders‘ rape storyline after 278 viewers complained to the broadcaster.  Monday’s (06.10.14) episode of the long-running soap showed before and after scenes of pub landlady Linda Carter’s rape by Dean Wicks. Despite the crime being implied rather than depicted explicitly, a further 73 complaints were also… [Continue Reading]

Not exactly family values! Virgin bosses left red-faced as Usain Bolt dirty dances on stage

Usain Bolt has caused embarrassment to Virgin Media after being caught performing crude dance moves at a pre-carnival party in Trinidad and Tobago. The Olympic legend, who features in a number of Virgin adverts for broadband, was pictured in Momentum nightclub ‘daggering’ with a participating female. The controversial dance, which originated in Mr Bolt’s native… [Continue Reading]

XTRA pressure on London station

The second protest rally against Capital XTRA’s (formerly Choice FM) decision to desist from playing reggae, gospel and soca music was held on Sunday (26 January 2014) outside Global Radio Headquarters in Leicester Square, Central London, England. The rally, organised by the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) and The Voice newspaper, began just… [Continue Reading]

TV licence offences account for one in ten UK court cases

More than 180,000 people – almost 3,500 a week – appeared before the Magistrates Courts, accused of watching television without a valid £145.50 licence. The figure has been steadily rising as TV Licensing, which is responsible for catching and prosecuting non payers, improves its ability to identify those responsible and becomes more determined in its… [Continue Reading]

Pay-Off Row Has ‘Damaged BBC Reputation’

A senior MP has given her damning verdict on the huge pay-offs given to some departing BBC executives, saying the saga has “damaged the reputation” of the corporation. Seven senior BBC staff – past and present – appeared before the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to answer MPs’ questions about who knew what about golden… [Continue Reading]

Jeremy Paxman draws complaints for scoffing at University Challenge contestant

The BBC receives 44 complaints after Jeremy Paxman’s ‘acerbic’ remarks cause a 20-year-old contestant on University Challenge to repeatedly apologise for answering a question wrong. Jeremy Paxman has upset University Challenge viewers after he caused a contestant to repeatedly apologise for answering a question wrong. The broadcaster, 62, who is no stranger to controversy, reacted… [Continue Reading]

Kanye West attacked by Parkinson’s UK charity over ‘inexcusably stupid’ shaking lyric

Kanye West has been accused of ignorance and stupidity after the rapper mocked Parkinson’s disease sufferers on his new album. The track “On Sight”, from the album Yeesus, includes the lyric: “Soon as I pull up and park the Benz / We get this b***h shaking like Parkinson’s.” The main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are… [Continue Reading]