Saturday, August 01, 2009

Language and offence (part 2)

Recall my blog on 12 July 2009 mentioned that out of interest I'd asked Ed Richards if he had any comment to make about the contradictory positions of Ofcom and the EHRC in respect of Jonathan's Radio 2 remark.

It now seems there is less of a contradiction. Ofcom has acknowledged that the remark by Jonathan Ross could cause offence - something which had not appeared in their original Decision published on 6 July 2009.

There is another glimmer of hope. Friday Night with Jonathan Ross has recently ended its 16th series, and the programme finished with a spoof Tarantino film. Quentin Tarantino, annoyed at a criticism by Mr Ross, came on set with a machine gun to mow down Jonathan and his house band. Jonathan alone escaped unscathed.

So, have we seen the last of 4 Poofs and a Piano on TV? Let's hope that spoof scene foretells a real change for the better by Mr Ross, and a more enlightened BBC.

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