BBC under fire for treatment of minor

OfcomMaybe the BBC should just disband and go its seperate ways.

That seems overly harsh, I know, but the broadcaster seems to be a lightning road of controversy these days. Now media watchdog Ofcom is angry with the broadcaster, saying it committed a "serious lapse" in its duty when a 13-year-old appeared in violent scenes in BBC2 police drama 'Line of Duty.'

Ofcom says that the BBC did not do enough to protect the actor, as he was head-butted in the scene and then tried to cut off a policeman's fingers with bolt cutters.

The BBC told Ofcom that it dealt closely with the boy's parents, keeping in "constant dialog" with them to make sure that this experience - the boy's first acting gig, did not create emotional issues for the boy.

Not good enough, says Ofcom. The company launched an investigation after receiving one complaint. Broadcasting rules in England call for "due care must be taken over the physical and emotional welfare and the dignity of people under 18." Ofcom says the BBC violated that.

In the scene, the boy's character was handed bolt cutters and shouted "Give it, give it, now hold his hand out and give me that f---ing finger."

Later on the boy's character is interrogated by a police officer and told  "You're a tough kid Ryan, or at least you think you are. If you carry on like this the place you are going has 16-year-olds, 17-year-olds and they are built like brick sheds, how do you think you'll fare against one of those lads? They knock your teeth out Ryan; they do that so you give a better blow job."

What do you think?



Written by: Hamatosan
Dec 17th, 2012, 9:12 am



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Message Posted On Dec 19th, 2012, 7:35 pm

I'd tend to agree with Sam here. Teenagers hear worse language than that everyday they attend public schools, and I fully believe that a 13-year-old actor can understand the difference between make believe and reality.


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Message Posted On Dec 19th, 2012, 5:45 pm

I think this might be a tad oversensitive -- I don't think I would have been too damaged/offended by this as a 13-year-old. 

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