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Radio Ulster rapped for swearing

Tony Curtis
Mr Curtis did not appear to realise the show was live.

The broadcasting regulator Ofcom has found BBC Radio Ulster in breach of its rules after Hollywood actor Tony Curtis swore three times during a live show.

The Talkback programme, which broadcasts daily after the midday news, featured Mr Curtis as a studio guest.

Two listeners complained to Ofcom which investigated and upheld the complaints.

Curtis, who only appeared to realise the programme was live towards the end of the show, apologised to listeners as did the show's presenter.

The incident happened during the show on May 22 just after 1pm.

Finding the BBC in breach of Rule 2.3 of the broadcasting code, Ofcom said in its adjudication that the use of one four-letter word in particular, "was likely to have gone beyond the expectations of the audience for a programme of this type and at this time."

The BBC informed Ofcom that it regretted any offence caused by comments made and that Mr Curtis and his press team were informed in advance that the interview was live.

Therefore, it said, it "wasn't expected that Mr Curtis, who is well experienced in giving media interviews, would use unacceptable language."



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