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29/09/2003

ITC order broadcast apology from Kanal 5

The Independent Television Commission (ITC) has ordered Swedish licensee, Kanal 5, to broadcast an apology for two episodes of Big Brother Sweden, which contained material unsuitable for a pre-watershed audience.
Big Brother Sweden was shown from 7.00 to 8.00pm Swedish time, well before the watershed, at a time when it is likely that children would be watching. The episodes on March 3 and April 2 contained levels of sex and nudity, bad language and smoking and drinking that would not normally be considered suitable at this time.
The ITC judged that the programmes breached Sections 1.2 (family viewing and the watershed), 1.5 (bad language) and 1.6 (sex and nudity) of the Code and 1.2(i) and 5.8 (smoking and drinking).
A statutory sanction in the form of a broadcast apology was agreed.
Kanal 5 is a general television service available on satellite and aimed at viewers in Sweden. It is the country's fifth most popular channel, with a 10-11% audience share, and particularly popular with younger audiences. The channel was granted an ITC licence in July 1996 and began broadcasting three weeks later.
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