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BBC executives rule most offensive word in English language is ‘a good joke’ on the radio at 6.30pm
Last updated at 11:27 PM on 4th June 2011
“The BBC was at the centre of a new decency row last night after ruling that the most offensive word in English is acceptable for broadcast.
The Corporation decided that the word – most abhorrent to women – has lost much of its ‘shock value’ and is tolerable for radio and television.
An executive who cleared it for daytime transmission on flagship Radio 4 even said it would ‘delight’ many of its audience, who would ‘love it’.”
Having rummaged through my mental lexicon of the most indecent words filed in there over umpteen years of listening to the most colourful language ever uttered in a great variety of working environments and situations, I was surprised, nay shocked, to read that the BBC had allowed such a word through their sieve.
Had the BBC been besieged by hordes of anguished complainants on hearing the expletive issuing forth from their radios? I read on:
“The BBC’s ruling is outlined in the rejection of a complaint from a member of the public, who took offence to a reference to the word on The News Quiz.”
“The Mail on Sunday feels it is necessary to the reporting of the story to repeat the joke, and apologises in advance for any offence caused.
Miss Toksvig said: ‘It’s the Tories who have put the ‘n’ into cuts.'”
At this point, I dissolved into a fit of almost uncontrolable laughter and disbelief. The Mail’s cynical apology for having to fail print a word which was never spoken is ridiculous even by its own standards!
|John Whittingdale MP|
This abject apology is followed by a few words from John Whittingdale MP:
“Obscene: John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport select committee, said the term is still offensive and should not have been broadcast”
Heading up a veritable pot-pourri of gossip and comment in his Diary piece in the Mail yesterday was this by Ephraim Hardcastle : http://tinyurl.com/63ffyjt
Hardcastle is writing about the sexual assault and beating of CBS reporter, Lara Logan, in Cairo on Friday 11th February :
I have just come across this piece from the New York Times putting forward good reasons why we need the presence of women in war-zones. The article, by Kim Barker, mentions the treatment Lara Logan received at the hand of both her attackers in Egypt and the many hyper-critical journalists in the press and on TV. Article to be found: here.