Saturday 19 August 2017

'Fireman Sam' won't be probed over Koran claim

Popular children's cartoon character Fireman Sam
Popular children's cartoon character Fireman Sam

Sherna Noah

An episode of 'Fireman Sam' in which a character appeared to tread on a page from the Koran will not be investigated by the broadcasting watchdog.

In an episode from series nine of the popular children's animation, a character carrying a tray of hot drinks slipped after tripping on some paper on the floor of the fire station. Several sheets fly into the air, one of which looks to be covered with Arabic script.

Ofcom received 170 complaints about the episode but said that it could not be confirmed that the episode featured the Koran.

An Ofcom spokesman said: "We studied a recording of the programme in the highest possible resolution. We found that the page did appear to contain Arabic text, but its contents could not have been deciphered, nor recognised as being from a given text."

HIT Entertainment, which produced the show, previously apologised ''unreservedly'' to viewers for the episode, shown on Channel 5 in the UK.

Irish Independent

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