Jerry Springer opera did not break TV rules

June 2005

Artists, Television, Theatre

The UK’s communications regulator Ofcom has said that Jerry Springer: The Opera did not breach broadcasting guidelines. The decision to screen the musical on BBC2 sparked accusations of blasphemy from Christian groups who launched the largest ever number of complaints against a programme. Ofcom accepted that the portrayal of religious figures could have been offensive to some people but said it understood that the show’s effect was to “satirise modern fame and the culture of celebrity”. Ofcom also noted that the programme was preceded by a programme designed to put the Opera in context. The BBC Board of Governors have also supported the broadcast saying that it was justified because the outstanding artistic significance outweighed the offence which might be caused to some people and that the show was a satire preceded by clear warnings.

Source: The Guardian 10 May 2005
and see Law Updates February 2005 Demonstrations by some members of the Sikh community close the theatric presentation of Behzti and raise issues of free speech

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