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Australian Big Brother 'too rude'
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Coarse language and full frontal male nudity were criticised
A spin-off of Australian reality TV show Big Brother was deemed "too rude" by a media watchdog, reports have said.

Broadcaster Network Ten was rapped by the Australian Communications and Media Authority over the late night show Big Brother Uncut, Variety magazine said.

ACMA ruled the show had twice breached the Mature Audience classification of Commercial Industry Code of Practice.

Once was for full frontal male nudity and once for excessively coarse language, the trade magazine reported.

ACMA's Lyn Maddock said: "MA classified material is the strongest permitted on free-to-air television and because of this, broadcasters are obliged to exercise particular care in selecting material."

Network Ten, which is already conducting a review of the programme's production process, accepted the watchdog's decision.

It also apologised for the male housemates' attitude towards women and said it gave ACMA draft undertakings to prevent a recurrence, Variety reported.

'Big Brothel'

Australia's fifth series of the fly-on-the-wall show has featured regular nudity, footage of contestants showering and sexual activity in a hot-tub.

Behaviour in the televised house has prompted politicians in the country to demand a review of how much nudity can be shown on television.

The series has even been labelled "Big Brothel" by some critics of the housemates' antics.

The show began with 1.55m viewers, which was down from 2004's 1.72m.

But Variety said the series tracked well with the target audience of 16 to 39-year-olds, drawing 45% of that demographic for last month's finale.

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