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]

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]

Lord Patten: BBC has treated licence-fee payers’ money like free cash machine

The BBC has treated licence-fee payers’ money like a free cash machine in the past but further cuts would damage the corporation, Lord Patten has said. The head of the BBC Trust admitted that high salaries for managers and six figure severance fees have damaged the corporation’s reputation. However, he insisted that the costs were… [Continue Reading]

More than 400,000 ‘do not need’ TV licence

More than 400,000 households have declared they do not need a television licence, according to BBC figures that signal the increasing popularity of viewing on-demand services only. Under a legal loophole, viewers need not pay the licence fee if they never watch programmes as they are being broadcast and view them exclusively on catch-up services… [Continue Reading]

Sun and ITV Defend ‘Public Interest’ over Woolich Images

News organisations have defended their decisions to broadcast controversial video footage shot in the immediate aftermath of the Woolwich terror attack. The Sun and ITN both obtained videos from members of the public on Wednesday showing one of the attackers brandishing what appears to be a meat cleaver and delivering a politically-charged diatribe moments after… [Continue Reading]

Noel Edmonds boycotts TV licence

Presenter Noel Edmonds has stopped paying his TV licence fee as he does not like the BBC’s “threatening” manner towards those who do not have licences. “Auntie’s put boxing gloves on. I’m so incensed by the idea that I’m guilty of something that I actually cancelled my licence fee a few months ago,” he said… [Continue Reading]