Ofcom’s response to 24,501 complainants is the right answer


The Britain’s Got Talent programme on 5th September included a performance by a British dance group called Diversity which represented their view of many of the events of 2020, including the Coronavirus pandemic and global anti-racism protests that have occurred this year. Ofcom received approximately 24,501 complaints about the programme and they concluded that the programme did not raise issues which warranted investigation under the Broadcasting Code. Complainants outlined a range of concerns about Diversity’s performance, including that the themes of violence and racism were inappropriate for family viewing, that it expressed support for the political organisation ‘Black Lives Matter’ and that it was racist towards White people. Ofcom also received a number of messages of support and praise for the performance although they have not indicated the number of supportive messages they received. Their response is available here. I did not see the BGT event at the time although I have now seen the video which can be obtained here and I certainly agree with Ofcom’s decision. A friend of mine in Brighton called Rosaria Gracia shared the response on Facebook a few minutes ago and she is a dancer and also has a young family so she is well placed to know if this was suitable and she stated “And that is the right answer”. It is always hard when people are faced with challenges and I hope that some of the people who complained will have had a chance to reflect on their actions and accept the decision by Ofcom.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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