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What's the point of Ofcom? (UK television regulator)

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  • David Mosley
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    • Jul 2004
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    What's the point of Ofcom? (UK television regulator)

    Report on BBC new website about complaints that a 'paranormal' investigation show ("Most Haunted") is faked:

    Ghost show cleared of deception

    Ghost show Most Haunted has been cleared of fraud by TV watchdog Ofcom, following complaints of deception.

    Viewers complained that the Living TV show, featuring "psychic" Derek Acorah, deceived the public by claiming to find evidence of paranormal activity.

    But Ofcom ruled that Most Haunted was an entertainment show, not a legitimate investigation into the paranormal, and should not be taken seriously.

    Most Haunted, presented by Yvette Fielding, is now in its sixth series.

    Spin-off show Most Haunted Live was also investigated, following the complaints.

    Ofcom ruled that the TV show contains "a high degree of showmanship that puts it beyond what we believe to be a generally accepted understanding of what comprises a legitimate investigation".

    "On balance, we consider that overall Most Haunted/Most Haunted Live should be taken to be a programme produced for entertainment purposes.

    "This is despite what appear to be occasional assertions by the programme that what viewers are witnessing is real."

    "As such this programme should be seen in the light of shows where techniques are used which mean the audience is not necessarily in full possession of the facts."

    Other concerns have been raised about another UK satellite TV 'show' called The Great Big British Quiz, which appears to be a thinly-veiled scam, but which OfCom apparently say is nothing to do with them because they're only interested in matters of taste, decency and accuracy not whether the shows are actually 'fair'. (See Digital Spy forum for further explanation.)

    It seems that OfCom's attitude is that as long as what appears on TV is 'entertainment' then anything goes.
    _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
    _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
    _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
    _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."