Ofcom Calls into Question Children's Viewing Safety, BBC and ITV Under Investigation
Four separate shows across ITV and the BBC are currently under investigation from the independent media regulator Ofcom, for breaches of the rules that are in place to protect children from potentially damaging material, as well as the rules that protect child participation in programming.
As the BBC reports, the conduct of two of its crime dramas - Good Cop, and Line of Duty - have been called into question. A violent trailer for Good Cop that aired before the watershed was found to be in breach of the rules, however it's the four other complaints that are more pointedly problematic. For Line of Duty, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, and Dick and Dom's Hoopla have all breached rules for treatment of children on the show.
A child actor in Line of Duty was present for the filming of a scene that included sexually explicit and violent language. I'm a Celebrity received numerous complaints over painful viewing that saw one of its contestants, Charlie Brooks, narrowly missing out on seeing her daughter, who was hiding behind a door in the jungle. And, Dick and Dom's Hoopla saw a young girl retching during an eating challenge. All of these scenes drew complaints from audiences which has sparked Ofcom to arrange a meeting with broadcasters to reinforce the rules and to ensure that they're being adhered to.
The BBC, in particular, will undoubtedly do their best to fulfill all Ofcom's requirements, already under enormous pressure from the Jimmy Savile inquiry and Operation Yewtree.