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Ofcom hands Discovery £100k fine

Ofcom hands Discovery £100k fine
Staff Reporter
16 July 2014

Discovery has been fined £100,000 by regulator Ofcom for broadcasting unsuitable and violent material on TV before the watershed.

The Investigation Discovery channel, owned by Discovery Communications Europe, broadcast several episodes of Deadly Women – a true-life crime series about female killers broadcast in August 2013 – before the 9.00 pm watershed, said Ofcom.

Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code states that all channels must protect children from unsuitable material by scheduling programmes appropriately.

Each episode of Deadly Women relayed the crimes of three different murderers through dramatic reconstructions and interviews with experts in criminal behaviour.

Ofcom assessed a total of eight episodes of the programme, each of which was shown between 6:00am and 5:00pm in August 2013.

After an investigation, Ofcom ruled that the repeated broadcast in the daytime during the school holidays of very violent material – in the form of prolonged graphic and disturbing dramatic reconstructions of torture, mutilation and murder – resulted in serious breaches of the Broadcasting Code and warranted a statutory sanction.

Ofcom said the fine of £100,000 will be paid by Discovery Communications Europe Ltd to HM Paymaster General.

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