Mark Chapman falls for Twitter prank

December 21st, 2011 - 9:48 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, Dec 21 (THAINDIAN NEWS) BBC is being criticized for not properly vetting contents that viewers send on its shows after Radio 5 Live presenter Mark Chapman fell for the “I McHunt” prank. The 38-year-old was left really embarrassed after the incident as the live studio audience took over and gave him about a minute standing ovation.

Picking a comment from Twitter, Chapman read, “I McHunt says Alex Ferguson … oh no.” He later realized what he had just done apologized.

He said that, “I apologise to everybody listening. You’ve got me – it’s the oldest one in the book. Seriously though, I’m not even facing you lot at the moment because I’ve gone so red. Seriously, that is wrong and I shouldn’t have said it. I apologise.”

British broadcasters have been lambasted in the past for how they handle contents that viewers and listeners send to their media. Offensive languages have been banned by the country’s broadcast watchdog from the various media outlets. Offenders are often reprimanded.

Ofcom, the watchdog responsible for decency on the airwaves, recently warned that broadcasters should not play offensive contents in the day even when children are not listening because “listeners do not expect to hear strong language.”

BBC has confirmed that they have received several complaints after the incident.

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