Channel 4 'to stand by joke about Jordan's blind son'
Published 04/04/2011 | 12:05
Channel 4 will refuse to apologise over its decision to broadcast an offensive Frankie Boyle joke about the disabled son of glamour model Katie Price, it has been claimed.
UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom is expected to rule this week that the remarks, aired during an episode of Boyle’s Tramadol Nights last year, were not fit to be broadcast.
But sources have told The Times newspaper that Channel 4 bosses are to stand by their decision to allow the joke to go out.
Miss Price, also known as Jordan, complained to Ofcom in December after a joke in which Boyle mocked her son Harvey’s disabilities.
The eight-year-old, who is visually impaired, suffers from septo-optic dysplasia, a rare condition that includes hormonal deficiencies.
Boyle drew widespread criticism when he claimed the former topless model had married a cage fighter in order to protect her from her son’s sexual advances.
Earlier this year David Abraham, Channel 4’s chief executive disclosed that he had given prior approval for the joke to be broadcast, insisting that near-the-knuckle comedy was part of their role.
In a speech to programme makers in January he said: “That particular joke was discussed in compliance all the way up the line. The context of that joke was clearly and manifestly satirical.”
It is understood Channel 4 will defy Ofcom’s ruling and will not apologise for allowing the comments to go out.
Following the broadcast, Miss Price, who has featured her children in several television programmes about her life, said the comments about her son were despicable.
She said: “To bully this unbelievably brave child is despicable. To broadcast it on television is to show a complete lack of judgement.”
Boyle was criticised by Ofcom in 2009 after making offensive comments about the double Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington during an episode of BBC2's Mock the Week.