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Criticism over crib advert move
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The word 'crib' had to be removed from the advertisement
The Catholic church has had to change the wording of a Christmas advert for Irish state radio because it could be perceived as promoting Christianity.

RTE said the word "crib" contravened broadcasting regulations which forbid advertisements to promote religion.

The word has now been removed from the message by Veritas - the publishing arm of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference.

The church criticised the move as "flying in the face of common sense".

A statement from the church said they were concerned and disappointed that that the word 'crib' had to be omitted from the script.

The advertisement has been running on radio since the word was removed.

According to RTE, one section of the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland's code "does not permit advertising directed towards a religious end".

RTE said it believed an "issue might arise in relation to promoting the sale of cribs if the BCI were to take the view that the advertising of cribs was 'directed towards religious ends'".

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