Takbeer TV and Channel Nine in trouble for rule breaches

Ofcom rejects licence for Apna Radio Scotland

Takbeer TV has been found in breach of rules 4 and 9.2 of the broadcasting code.

The media regulator, Ofcom, will be visiting the channel’s premises to review its compliance processes.

The channel aired charity appeals, both in advertisements and as programming. After Ofcom’s investigation, the regulator found the appeals editorial content was not distinct from advertising.

It also exceeded the limit for time devoted to television advertising, which must not exceed 12 minutes in any one hour.

Channel Nine
Channel Nine has also found itself in hot water after a complainant alerted Ofcom to a sponsorship credit for Lycamobile for the drama series ‘Idiots’.

The advertising message said “Sponsored by Lycamobile Call the world for less�۝, “Visit: [website]” with a voiceover “Lycamobile, call the world for less”.

Rule 9.22(a) states: “Sponsorship credits broadcast around sponsored programmes must not contain advertising messages or calls to action.”

Ofcom has found the channel in breach of rule 9.22(a) and asked the owners of Channel Nine, Runners TV, to attend a meeting to explain its compliance procedures in this area.

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