TV SEX BEASTS SPOOF RAPPED.
Television watchdogs said the spoof documentary, which sparked a flood of complaints in July, had breached their code twice.
The Independent Television Commission ruled Channel 4 had failed to give adequate warnings about the nature of the show and not enough care had been taken to avoid "gratuitous offence".
They decided to take the rare step of asking Channel 4 to broadcast an apology. Details of what form it should take remain to be finalised.
A Government spokesman welcomed the ruling, saying: "No doubt broadcasters will pay heed to the implications."
More than 1000 viewers complained about the show, in which a number of celebrities were duped into fronting bogus anti-paedophilia campaigns.
In one scene, presenter Chris Morris brought a child in and asked a "paedophile" if he "fancied him".
The ITC rejected complaints about the use of child performers, accepting they had been properly cared for.
The watchdog body rarely orders broadcast apologies. The only two in recent years have been on Channel 4, including one relating to the controversial Brookside incest storyline.
Last night, Channel 4 said they stood by the programme.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Sep 7, 2001|
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