DM Global has been warned by Ofcom for broadcasting a film called ‘Yasmin’, which contained offensive language.
The film, which was aired in November around 18:00, approximately 80 minutes duration about the experiences of a young Muslim woman living in the Yorkshire town of Keighley, following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. It has a 15 certificate from the British Board of Film Classification.
DM Global apologised for the human error in its playout department in broadcasting the wrong version of the film Yasmin. It added that it had two versions of the film, one of which had been edited to remove all explicit language.
DM Global pointed out that it had never had any complaints of this nature and it had not broadcast this content for financial gain.
Ofcom considered that there was frequent use of offensive language before the watershed. It also noted that Ofcom۪s research on offensive language indicated that none of these words was regarded as generally acceptable on television before the watershed. It noted that in this case DM Global apologised for this incident, which had been the result of human error and had not been for financial gain. We also noted that it had taken steps to improve compliance in this area. Nonetheless we concluded that the programme breached Rules 1.14 and 1.16 of the Code.