INX Network’s entertainment channel, 9X, has escaped the rap from media regulator Ofcom for scheduling a trailer of its paranormal show ‘Black’ outside the watershed (pre 21:00).
The trailer was transmitted at approximately 09:50. It showed a woman on a bed with her hands tied behind her back. The woman appeared to be possessed, with abnormally large eyes, whitened irises and heavily dilated pupils. She was shown trying to escape and looking intensely into the camera. She was also shown levitating off a bed. The trailer included haunting sound effects, including howling wolves.
The complainant said the trailer was very disturbing and was concerned that it was broadcast when his children were watching.
INX Network said, “We acknowledge that the trailer was not appropriate for children and that the scheduling of the trailer at this time was an inadvertent error.”
INX Media apologised for the error and informed Ofcom that it has taken immediate steps to reschedule the trailer after 21:00 in order to prevent any repeat broadcast.
Ofcom notes INX Media۪s acknowledgement that the trailer was inappropriately scheduled and therefore did not comply with the Code. Ofcom also noted the broadcaster۪s apology and the compliance measures taken in response to this scheduling error.
In view of these actions and taking into account that the broadcaster has previously had a good compliance record, Ofcom considered this matter resolved.