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Ofcom rap over Big Brother scenes

Channel 5 has been rapped by Ofcom for a breach of broadcasting standards after screening scenes in Big Brother in which a female contestant was grabbed by the throat and threatened by another housemate.

An episode of the show, screened last year, featured a row between Daley Ojuederie and Hazel O'Sullivan which ended with him grasping her throat and pinning her to a bed.

Ojuederie was eventually asked to leave the Big Brother house over his behaviour.

The programme was ruled by the broadcasting regulator to have breached rules on offensive content, by featuring the threatening behaviour and the late intervention over the incident.

Ojuederie's threats to O'Sullivan came after a row over a duvet when they were shut away from the others in a "luxury house" as part of a task. During his outburst he told her : "Let me tell you something, little girl, have some respect for your f****** elder, 'cause if you don't... I'll finish you."

He went on to grab O'Sullivan's throat and pinned her arms down as she lay on her bed, miming headbutting her as he threatened: "Don't f*** with me, do you understand? Before I nut you one."

He was called to the diary room to explain but was not banished from the show until the next day.

Ofcom was critical of the decision not to edit the footage to limit the offence to viewers, and the "lack of clarity" that his conduct was not acceptable.

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