Tuesday 12 December 2017

BT Sport forced to scrap fan chats over swearing

BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey
BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey

Robert Dex

BT Sport has scrapped its post-match interviews outside football grounds after swearing fans were clearly heard in the background after an FA Cup game.

Communications watchdog Ofcom investigated a complaint made about a discussion hosted by Jake Humphrey after the game between Arsenal and Liverpool in north London.

It reported that "offensive language" could be heard at around 6.25pm - well before the watershed - after the crowd outside the Emirates Stadium started chanting in the background which breached the broadcast code.

BT told Ofcom it had "reviewed and updated its procedures" and "it would in future not broadcast post-match analysis and interviews taking place on a platform outside a football ground".

Ofcom acknowledged that Humphrey apologised as soon as possible and said BT, which was involved in a similar case last year, would be asked to "a meeting to discuss its compliance arrangements".

BT said it would continue to film pre-match coverage outside grounds because it "considered the risk of unacceptable language was 'significantly reduced' for those clips.

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