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Britain’s ITV television network was investigated after it broadcast a guest on The Jeremy Kyle Show uttering a swear word considered “an example of the most offensive language.” ITV noted that the show had been reviewed by 12 staffers before airing, including two producers and three editors, but the cussing got by them because the guest who spoke the word had a thick Scottish accent, and none of them could understand her. The obscenity was noted by someone who worked for Scotland’s STV who happened to watch the show, and notified ITV, which pulled the episode from further showings. The government’s Office of Communications closed the case without issuing a warning or a fine after ITV explained that the word was “not readily understandable” as rude “other than to a small number of Scottish viewers.” (RC/Edinburgh Scotsman) ...Right: bugger them.
Original Publication Date: 17 April 2016
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