British Television

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The Inspired Unemployed Impractical Jokers S01 premieres in the UK on Comedy Central at 10pm tonight.

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The UK Media Bill passed House of Lords on Thursday evening local time. Once it receives Royal Assent, it will become known as the Media Act.

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Long-running Channel 4 series Hollyoaks has made history as the first UK soap to be made available on YouTube around the world.

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Last night saw 2.2 million people across multiple devices tune in to see Maya Jama welcome the new Islanders into the villa for a brand new series.

This figure marked the highest launch audience since the Summer 2022 series.

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It comes as Channel 5 has put the health guru’s final TV series on hold as bosses decide whether it can be shown following his death.

The Mail columnist had filmed the three-part series Wonders of the Human Body which decodes how our bodies work and change during the ageing process.

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Marking 500 Broadcast Bulletins

Today marks the 500th edition of Ofcom’s Broadcast Bulletin - the go-to place to find out about Ofcom’s work to uphold standards on TV and radio.


Top 10 most complained about programmes to Ofcom of all time

  1. Good Morning Britain, ITV, 8 March 2021 – 54,595 complaints about this programme which focused on the interview between Oprah Winfrey and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. In a finely-balanced decision, our investigation found that this did not break broadcasting rules. We reminded ITV of the need to take greater care around content discussing mental health and suicide in future.
  2. Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 4, 10 January 2007 – 45,159 complaints centred on the alleged bullying of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty by fellow contestants Jade Goody, model Danielle Lloyd and singer Jo O’Meara. Channel Four was found in breach of the Broadcasting Code and was directed to broadcast a summary of Ofcom’s finding on three separate occasions.
  3. Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 5, 30, 31 August & 1 September 2018 – 25,327 complaints concerning an allegation from a housemate, Roxanne Pallett, that fellow housemate Ryan Thomas had deliberately and repeatedly physically assaulted her. Our investigation found that this did not break broadcasting rules. This was clearly a very sensitive issue, which many viewers felt strongly about. On balance, we considered the majority of regular viewers would expect there to be an extended focus on this issue, and we also took into account the broadcaster’s repeated warnings to viewers.
  4. Britain’s Got Talent, ITV, 5 September 2020 – 25,017 complaints about a about a performance by the dance troupe Diversity that some viewers considered was not suitable for family viewing and expressed support for the political organisation ‘Black Lives Matter’". We published our reasoning for concluding that the programme did not raise issues under our rules.
  5. Love Island, ITV2, 6 August 2021 – 24,921 complaints about Faye’s behaviour towards Teddy. After careful consideration, we decided this did not raise issues under our rules.
  6. Julia Hartley-Brewer, TalkTV, 3 January 2024 – 17,351 complaints about Julia Hartley-Brewer’s interview with Palestinian politician Dr Mustafa Barghouti. This did not raise issues under our rules but we told TalkTV to take extra care to ensure potentially offensive comments are justified.
  7. I’m a Celebrity, Get me out of Here!, ITV, December 2020 – 11,516 complaints related to the welfare of animals used in trials (complaints received as part of RSPCA petition). This did not raise issues under our rules.
  8. Dan Wootton Tonight, GB News, 26 September 2023 – 8,867 complaints about misogynistic comments made by Laurence Fox about journalist Ava Evans. Breach of Ofcom’s offence rules.
  9. Jerry Springer the Opera, BBC2, 8 January 2005 – 8,860 complaints about the programme’s representation of the Christian community. Our investigation found that this did not break broadcasting rules.
  10. King Charles III: The Coronation, ITV1, 6 May 2023 – 8,421 complaints about a comment made by actress Adjoa Andoh during the live broadcast, which focused on the appearance of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. We published our reasoning for concluding that this programme did not raise issues under our rules.