Ofcom Like Chinese…Gold Channel to be investigated by the TV censor for not censoring Monty Python enough

Posted: 20 August, 2014 in Ofcom TV Censor, TV News
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Ofcom Like Chinese…Gold Channel to be investigated by the TV censor for not censoring Monty Python enough

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Starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Carol Cleveland. YouTube icon IMDb The BBFC rating is not yet published for video but it was passed 15 uncut for very strong language, strong sex references for cinema showing:

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A TV channel is to be investigated by Ofcom for broadcasting swearing in a Monty Python show before the watershed. Gold Channel aired one of the the O2 Arena shows live, but apparently failed to bleep out all the swearing.

Gold Channel made a real pigs’ ear of ugly and invasive (but necessary by TV censorship rules) cuts to strong language and sex references, but obviously missed a bit.

Ofcom have also received complaints about excessive censorship from viewers who would have preferred to see it without the cuts. But of course the Ofcom TV complaints system is totally one-sided and these complaints will be instantly dismissed. There are simply no Ofcom rules against cultural vandalism.

An Ofcom spokesman said:

After receiving complaints about the broadcast of the most offensive language before the watershed, Ofcom is investigating a live performance of Monty Python on Gold. All our licensees are required to comply with our broadcasting rules, which make clear that the most offensive language cannot be shown on television before the watershed.

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