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Saturday 19 April 2014

Fewer complaints made to broadcasting watchdog this year

No complaints against Love/Hate Season Four as of yet

Dead cat renounce: The scene from 'Love/Hate' that caused outrage and sparked calls for a boycott of the show by some campaign groups
Dead cat renounce: The scene from 'Love/Hate' that caused outrage and sparked calls for a boycott of the show by some campaign groups

There were fewer complaints made to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland this year, but there is an increase in complaints regarding fairness, objectivity and impartiality.

A total of 109 complaints were made so far this year, which is down on the 135 complaints that were lodged in 2012.

Despite these numbers, only a handful of complaints were upheld. Only seven complaints made about broadcasts in 2013 were upheld either in full or in part. Three of those were regarding one Liveline show, where complaints were made that presenter Joe Duffy was involved in a "character assassination" of 'Alive' editor Fr Brian McKevitt.

Other upheld complaints were made regarding RTE's Morning Edition, 96FM's Neil Prendeville Show, 4FM's David Harvey Show and Near FM's show on International Politics.

Of the 109 complaints received, 30 are still in process, 16 were dealt with by an adequate response from the broadcaster, 56 were resolved at either compliance committee of  executive complaints forum level.

A spokeswoman for the BAI said news and current affairs shows typically attract more complaints than other broadcasts.

Before complaints are dealt with the the BAI, they must be made to the broadcaster, which may take some time to get back to. This may explain why there were no complaints about the latest season of Love/Hate.

Season Four created controversy when a cat was gunned down within minutes of the series opener. There were three complaints about season three dealt with in June of this year.

The extensive complaints stated: "language is devalued to illiterate status through intensive usage of expletives and banal offensive swearing and race to the bottom plots.

"All the women are portrayed as servile fools, pawns and puerile slaves and sex objects. The men are always vengeful, self serving, abusive and scheming. None have a job."

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