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Ofcom has imposed fines totalling £255,000 on MTV Networks for various breaches of the Broadcasting Code on channels TMF, MTV France, MTV UK and MTV Hits. The network was charged with several infractions of the Code, viz: Rule 1.3: “Children must also be protected by appropriate scheduling from material that is unsuitable for …

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What a bunch of wankers...

What soft cocks... As if people aren't aware of the nature of the content of TMF/MTV. If they don't want their kids watching it, put a child lock on the channel, problem solved!

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MTV Censored!

Well thats them f****d then!

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Amazing - Kids still watch MTV?

hilarious, although if we have a watershed, it should be stuck to, 'fuck' & 'motherfuck' etc are a bit much before 9pm aren't they?

although why do the bbc still bleep these words out on jonathan ross at 10.30?

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I am shocked!

Not at the launguage, or the size of the fine. People actualy watch MTV these days?

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IT Angle

i remember when ...

... The Register used to report in IT stories....

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Watershed, what fucking water-fucking-shed

Fuck me, what a load of fucking fuckbellied wankers, what's wrong with saying fuck all the time?

Johnny (aged 7 1/2)

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Sensitive souls

The Brittish have such sensitive souls, haven't they?

Ok, i'm off... Mine's the one with the pink knickers hanging out of the inner pocket.

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Sad

4 people complained?

OMG End of the world...

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Fifteen times

in one article. Keep up the good work!

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MTV completly fucked!

mother fuckers got completly fucked over by the fucker that is ofcom.

what a bunch of spunkbelly fucks.

*Gets coat*

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Operating costs...

Just the cost of doing business in the Blighty as far as MTV is concerned. F***, Double F****, Qudruple F****, Octuple F*** as long as it brings advertising revenue and promotion of music whose only merit is the gratuitous use of F***.

So all in all, this is a pseudopenalty. It needs at least a zero at the end for the F*** at MT F***ing V to give a F***.

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Fuck me

Fucking hell some people are a bit fucking sad. Turning the fucking telly off if you don't like the fucking swearing.

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Well..

That'll fucking teach 'em...

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Clearly...

a few minor vocal indescretions by a (fairly) minority TV channel warrants immediate action.

Whereas...

allegations of mass illegal telecommunications interception by one of the worlds biggest telco's warrants immediate hand-wringing and procrastination all round.

Priorities.

All

Wrong

Here

Ofcom.

(but not surprising really)

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Windowlicker..

..So it is OKAY to use The N Word before the water shed. (provided it is two black people arguing in a car) So says OFCoM.

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Just £ 255K ?

This is f*ng ridiculous!

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Ofcom notes: "Four viewers complained ...

Why is it that when four viewers complain about something, OFCOM sits up and takes notice ... but when it comes to something IMPORTANT that the whole country objects to, like unnecessary use of 0870 and broadband suppliers misrepresenting their service as UNLIMITED when it isn't, OFCOM just sits back and does very little?

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Don't watch it...

If you are offended by the F word then just don't watch shows aimed at yoof culture.

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-ing MTV

The sort of -ing idiots that MTV want to watch their -ing shows would think that any -ing sentence that doesn't contain the word - must have been said by some -ing poncey intellectual who wants his -ing head kicked in.

John, aged -ing 6 (mentally)

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@ Aphex Twin

Just to be a pedant, Aphex Twin is one man (Richard D James), not a band.

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2 complaints

Why does ofcom have the power to apply censorship based on noone actually giving a shit. Why are two complaints sufficient for this draconian bollocks, if they applied that criteria to the government or the cops we would all be quids in.

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Awesome

What a fine collection of filth for a dull thursday afternoon.

Now can Ofcom please fine the channels into oblivion because of their constant assault on good taste and intelligence.

*longs for the days when it was just music videos and Beavis & Butthead*

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Erm..

"...Totally Boyband. [...] featured extensive offensive language including 'fuck', 'shit', and 'bollocks'."

I would expect a show called "Totally Boyband" to be positively brimming with shit and bollocks, it's clearly labelled.

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who fucking cares?

see i said it, ive gone and done it now, how mature.

I have always questioned the validity of watershed on paid for channels.

And how come it has taken over two years to complete this investigation? Probably because nobody really cares except for M.Whitehouses descendants.

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Go Ofcom !

Hey,

Its really tiresome watching brain dead TV zombies using F words only. Let them learn. I also remember a time when MTV was actually fun and nice to watch, but it was so long ago...

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MTV should be sued

...as they haven't played any music in years.

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Totally Scott-Lee . . . .

. . . people watched that and complained about the swearing? How about the fact that the show was dreadfully shite!! How many complained about that?!

Bring back Tom Green humping a dead moose.

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Lester...

Please can you tell us if there was a true journalistic motivation behind this article (some Ofcom link perhaps?), or was it just an opportunity to swear lots and lots?

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And after the watershed?

No adult content before the watershed? Fair enough, bleep* it out or don't broadcast it. But what really annoys me is the censoring that happens AFTER the watershed! When my favourite heavy metal band release a video containing nudity, profanity and violence, I expect to be able to watch it in all its satanic glory, after 9pm.

* Is it just me or are the bleeps getting shorter? What used to be ********** is now just muthaf*cker

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Nobody is forcing you

... to watch MTV or TMF. If the language offends you, my suggestion would be to turn it off or watch something else.

What the hell is wrong with Britain today? Bloody nanny state.

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perhaps while they're at it

they should restrict the content of the videos they show before the watershed too - semi-naked women, simulated sexual activity, bitch-ho's and crap like "cribs".

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hum...

how about some hefty fines for those 4 viewers for such a waste of ofcom time (who have better thing to do then listening to complains from peoples who have way to much time on their hands). it is like those poor (probably very religious) souls spend a lot of time watching TV just to find some stuff to complain about.

Another good thing will be the publish the name of totally clueless clowns. So MTV viewers who will be subject to lower quality MTV because of censoring, will have the name of peoples who are responcible for it. (a good deterrent for clueless complainers will be the have them deal with the MAJORITY of peoples who have they MTV ruined because 0.000000000000000000000000001% of the viewers complained,.

Democracy? Where?

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This is sad

The maturity level displayed in the majority of these comments is truly saddening and pathetic. I am not offended by words. As George Carlin pointed out many years ago, they're just words, they can't be good or bad. It's the context and intent which is good or bad. Having said that, I find it sad that so many people can't compose a single sentence without some measure of profanity, usually some variation of the word "fuck". It used to be that the word was used for emphasis, such as "I don't fucking care" which tends to convey more emotion than simply "I don't care". Nowadays, the word has lost its power and is relegated to complete overuse to join "like" ("so, like, i said 'no way', and she was, like, 'yeah way', and i was like, who did you, like, hear that from?") and "you know" ("well, you know, I just didn't want to... uh, you know, do something wrong, you know? I just want to be left alone, you know?").

As for MTV -- didn't they stop broadcasting music about 13 years ago? Or was it just non-rap, non-R&B that they stopped broadcasting?

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Perhaps we should all write in and complain

about the lack of good Anglo Saxon words before 21:00, it smacks of racism.

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Aphex Twin...

...is fucking fantastic! Still, I guess they should have gone with iz-us rather than windowlicker.

Must be when they played it, the four fuckers who complained said, "OOoh, that's a nasty sound!"

Also, Bucephalus Bouncing Ball is fucking great.

Fucking thumbs up to Mr. James.

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"Ofcom reports"

"4 people complained"

"2 viewers complained"

"a viewer complained"

Is it me, or is it a very small minority of (probably the same) whining bastards who bother to complain, while the rest of us just quite simply couldn't give a fuck?

Really, if you want to find a truly offensive program, complain about Eastenders. It offends me because it's fucking shit.

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huh-huh-huh-huh-huh

/beavis

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@ Neil Alexander - "Nanny knows best!"

Nobody is forcing you to live in this "bloody nanny state". If the idea of protecting kids from adult content offends you, my suggestion would be to live somewhere else.

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@Sad

To paraphrase the Family Guy FCC:

"When 1 person complains it means a billion people were offended. So 4 Billion people were offended by this"

Although what this has to do with IT and quite why anyone is watching MTV still is beyond me...

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Percentage of Viewers

Perhaps that OFCOM actually use the percentage of total viewers who complain to decided if they are going to act.

Therefore

4 viewers = 100% of the viewers for that show = OFCOM have to act.

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Err, do tell

"If the idea of protecting kids from adult content offends you, my suggestion would be to live somewhere else."

If you can find a place which isn't run by insane nannyists, where the powers that be understand that a kid hearing a particular four-letter, one-syllable word actually doesn't cause the slightest harm or make a blind bit of difference to anyone, then please feel free to list it.

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Content is King

Whatever the channel, profanity during the day is not necessary - sure, if your kids are watching MTV, don't be surprised if they grow up brain dead sex maniacs with the attention span of a gnat - but f'ing around during adverts in the middle of the day is just dumb. And the endless "you don't have to watch" brigade strike me as ex-MTV viewers who can't think beyond a knee jerk response - the whole point of any watershed is that it guarantees that you CAN watch beforehand without expecting swearing. However, you still have to listen to the crap music and simulated fucking on the videos......

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Number of Complaints

The level of stupidity displayed in this thread is far beyond the average for el reg. To begin with number of complaints isn't the reason they are fined, it is used as a reason for Ofcom to investigate said complaint and see if they breached broadcasting guidelines. People complain en masse for some programs, and Ofcoms ignores them because they havn't done anything technically wrong. There is no way for Ofcom to monitor all content broadcast, so this is the best available.

Similary people tend not to complain at all, and so when even 4 do, that represents a sizable number, especially for something like mtv, and I doubt any 14 year olds will be doing the complaining. Compare to complaints for adverts, where the average number of complaints to get an advert pulled is 1.3 (I think).

For the comments saying 'if it offends you, don't watch it' well this is utter nonce, by this stance all programs should broadcast whatever they want, and if it offends you turn over, nevermind the children watching.

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@John Band

Ooh ooh ooh - Antartica. Although it'll be pretty frigging (replaces the "f" word with a politer version of the "f" word) cold.

Flame cos we need heat.

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'immigrants are going to fuck your mother'

I presume that is a mistranslation of: immigrant motherfuckers!

AC because that sentence could get me in trouble under this regime.

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@Andy Worth

It's not the numbers that matter, it is the percentage, and those numbers look pretty close to 100% to me.

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Curious

MTV has had to bleep four-letter words over here in the States since its inception. Why would they have a hard time across the pond? Perhaps all the cursing was driving up ratings amongst the youngsters? Fortunately over here, that's accomplished by featuring a bunch of degenerate coeds on MTV's so-called "reality" shows. I certainly feel better knowing that while our kids' watch a bunch of oversexed 20-somethings act out their dysfunctional "relationships", they won't be exposed to any cursing - those words could really mess them up, right? O_o

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"if it offends you turn it over"

OK, I'll invent a time machine and travel back in time to before the offensive words, because I couldn't know they were going to be there BECAUSE IT WAS BEFORE THE FUCKING WATERSHED AND THAT'S THE FUCKING POINT OF IT

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*ahem*

Agree 100% with the comment that if it's after the watershed, they shouldn't bloody bleep out the swearing. Especially for stuff like Eminem's Stan - the censored version of that is made for the american market, and blanks out all references to violence, leaving the vocal track pretty much non-existent...

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bleepouts

"although why do the bbc still bleep these words out on jonathan ross at 10.30?"

Because you can watch it anytime on iPlayer ?

And because the Beeb holds itself to a higher standard than the junk channels?

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@Sampler

Beavis went heh-heh-heh-heh

Butthead went huh-huh-huh-huh

Get it right, butt-mucher.

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