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August 12, 2008

ITV cleared over slang comments


by David Allen

The problem with live TV is that the unexpected happens, which is why people watch it. But in sport the reason is the match, race or contest.

However some presenters have taken their commenting to another level, such as Martin Brundle from ITV F1.

In June, he was interviewing F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone at the Canadian Grand Prix about the problems with the track breaking up when he made a comment about ‘pikeys’ putting tarmac down at turn 10. Pikeys is a slang term for gypsies.

This was followed by series of complaints to ITV and to the media regulator Ofcom, who have looked at the situation only to decide that there is no case to answer and would not be taking the matter further.

It would seem that live sport is more than just an event; it is an occasion where people sometimes slip up to the horror and amusement of others.

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