2FM's Boyzone send-up "foul and offensive"

A segment aired on the Colm and Jim-Jim Breakfast Show on 2FM in May where actors parodied Boyzone singers Ronan Keating and Stephen Gately featured foul and offensive language, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCC) has ruled. The sketch was about how best to deal with the problem of an itchy groin after waxing. The BCI said the item was not appropriate for a family audience and particularly with its use of the ‘f’ word. RTE defended the sketch by saying that the show was slightly “zany” and its 25 to 44-year-old average listener would have expected some risque content on the show.
The BCC reported that an interview with Gabriel Byrne by Pat Kenny on the Late Late Show, in which the actor endorsed the candidacy of Mannix Flynn a week before the local elections, resulted in RTE breaching broadcasting rules in relation to fairness, objectivity and impartiality and Kenny failed to tone down Byrne’s comments.
TV3 is to respond to the BCC over complaints that have been made about the PlayTV quiz show on TV3. People said that some of the puzzles on the show are impossible to solve and few prizes are won. Viewers call in at a cost of €1.50 and answer a question live on air.

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