The sickest television show ever: paedogeddon and the British Press

LOCKYER, Sharon and ATTWOOD, Feona (2009). The sickest television show ever: paedogeddon and the British Press. Popular Communication, 7 (1), 49-60.

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Abstract

This paper explores the controversy caused by Paedogeddon, a one-off special of the Channel 4 series Brass Eye broadcast on July 26, 2001. Although the program sought to satirize inconsistencies in the way the British media treats and sensationalizes child sex offenders and their crimes (Clark, 2001), it offended many viewers and caused considerable controversy. More than 900 complaints were made to the Independent Television Commission, almost 250 complaints to the Broadcasting Standards Commission, and 2,000 complaints to Channel 4, “officially” making Paedogeddon the most complained-about television program in British television history at that time. This paper examines the nature of the objections to Paedogeddon as played out on the pages of the British national press and contributes to debates about morally acceptable television

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1080/15405700802589428
Depositing User: Helen Garner
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2010 10:22
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2011 12:36
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2765

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