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Benefits Street maker denies demonising unemployed

The boss of the television company behind Benefits Street has denied that the Channel 4 programme demonises the poor and the unemployed. Read the full story

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C4 rejects criticism of call to prayer Ramadan broadcast

Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham has stood by the decision to air the Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan, telling MPs that there had been “very little” in the way of complaints. Read the full story

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Leveson has affected TV reporting too, says Thomson

Channel 4 News chief correspondent Alex Thomson says broadcast journalism has been affected by the Leveson inquiry as well as newspapers. Read the full story

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Channel 4 records red 2012 after Paralympics expenditure


Its coverage of the Paralympic Games brought a whole new audience to the competition, but Channel 4’s efforts also saw it record its first annual loss in four years. Read the full story

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Channel 4 censured for airing sex-related ad after movie rape scene

Phones 4U Films on 4 sponsorship ad

Broadcaster Channel 4 has been criticised by regulators Ofcom after airing a light-hearted advert in which a couple have sex, immediately after showing a rape scene in a film.

The communications watchdog received 17 complaints after the Phones 4 U advert was shown in the middle of Channel 4’s broadcasting of the crime thriller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in December, 2012.

The report said that the phone company’s advert, who sponsor films on C4, showed “a close-up shot of a woman’s face in bed with a man, apparently having sex. The woman paused and leaned towards the camera and said: ‘I’m faking it, can I upgrade?'”.

The clip was played immediately after a scene in the film that “showed a prolonged attack and disturbing rape on a young woman,” which included a close-up of her face as she was screaming. The report added: “The effect was to cut from the face of the screaming woman in the film’s rape scene to the face of the woman in bed in the sponsorship credit.”

The Phones 4 U sponsorship advert at the end of the commercial break, which led back into the film, continued the sexual theme, returning to the man and the woman in bed, with the man saying: “I’ve still got my pants on, can I upgrade?”

C4 said that it had apologized directly to the viewers that complained, and that the adverts were aired randomly.

Ofcom added: “In this case, Ofcom considered that the juxtaposition of a light-hearted sponsorship credit featuring a woman during sex with a disturbing and distressing rape scene in a film was clearly unsuitable.

“In Ofcom’s view this clearly had the potential to be offensive to viewers.”

(Sources: Independent, MediaGaurdian)

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Channel 4 to show British murder trial

Channel 4 is to air a full murder trial on television for the first time. Read the full story

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Cathy Newman describes ‘glaring sexism’ at newspapers

Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman has said that she experienced “glaring instances of sexism” during her time working for newspapers. Read the full story

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Channel 4 and BBC could go head-to-head for Rio Paralympic rights

Channel 4 is hoping to extend its association with the Paralympics by securing the rights for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro event, but it may face tough competition from the BBC. Read the full story

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“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”

Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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