Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Ofcom probes Boyle's Price jokes

Katie Price

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has launched an investigation into Frankie Boyle's show after Katie Price complained about a joke he made about her disabled son.

Katie accused the comic of being a "bully" after he made comments about her son Harvey, who suffers from septo-optic dysplasia and autism, on his show Tramadol Nights.

A spokesman for Ofcom said: "We can confirm that we have received a complaint from Katie Price."

They went on: "Having considered this and other viewers' concerns, we have now launched an investigation into the show."

Katie had previously announced that she had asked her lawyers to contact the watchdog if Channel 4 did not apologise.

A spokeswoman for the channel said: "Channel 4 has replied directly to Katie Price's lawyer. Given this has now gone to Ofcom it would be inappropriate for us to comment further."

In a statement put on her website yesterday, Katie described her son as "a little miracle".

It continued: "If Mr Boyle had a 10th of his courage and decency he would know that to suggest, let alone think funny, that Harvey may sexually attack me is vile and deeply unfair.To bully this unbelievably brave child is despicable, to broadcast it on television is to show a complete and utter lack of judgment."

A message at the beginning of Frankie's programme, broadcast on Tuesday night, warned viewers the show contained "very strong language and uncompromising adult content".

The Ofcom investigation is likely to consider whether the show broke sections of the Broadcasting Code about "generally accepted standards" of material which could be deemed offensive.

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