Patronising Claptrap…ATVOD respond to ludicrous whinge about the portrayal of the town of Barry on the Channel 4 programme Karaoke Nights

Posted: 4 February, 2014 in ATVOD VOD Censor
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karaoke nights Karaoke Nights on Channel 4 is a positive, uplifting film about people who are dealing with life’s challenges in Barry, South Wales, and singing their blues away in the town’s many karaoke pubs.

Programme makers said Karaoke Nights was an accurate portrayal of town life, but residents said it had depicted an unrealistic view of people’s behaviour.

A Barry resident complained about the town’s portrayal on Channel 4 to the Video on Demand censor, ATVOD, as he watched the programme on catch up TV.

ATVOD policy and Investigations officer Jhaapjeet Chodha went well overboard on patronising the ludicrous complainant:

After reviewing the complaint and responses from Channel 4, we have concluded that your complaint does not raise an issue which could amount to a breach of ATVOD’s rules.

The statutory requirements that apply to video on-demand services are not the same as for traditional television broadcasts, and there are a limited number of situations in which ATVOD is able to take action.

We considered whether your complaint raised an issue which could amount to a potential breach of ATVOD’s Rule 10 Harmful Material: Material Likely to Incite Hatred which states that an on-demand programme service must not contain any material likely to incite hatred based on race, sex, religion or nationality or Rule 11 Harmful Material: Protection of Under Eighteens which states that ‘if an on-demand programme service contains material which might seriously impair the physical, mental or moral development of persons under the age of eighteen, the material must be made available in a manner which secures that such persons will not normally see or hear it.’ However, the matter was not considered one which raised issues of incitement to hatred or impairment of children’s development.


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