Probe Launched Over Monty Python Show

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August 19, 2014 | 11:39am EST

A broadcasting watchdog in the U.K. has launched an investigation into complaints over the live broadcast of the Monty Python show last month.
The reunited comedy troupe’s final performance at London’s O2 Arena on 20 July was broadcast on U.K. TV, as well as being beamed into cinemas around the world, but the small screen showing promoted a slew of complaints from unhappy viewers.
Ofcom officials are now looking into dozens of gripes about the amount of bad language in the show before the 9pm watershed, while many of the complainants also accused the TV network of making too many cuts to remove curse words.
A statement from the broadcasting regulator reads, “After receiving complaints about the broadcast of the most offensive language before the watershed, Ofcom is investigating a live performance of Monty Python on (TV channel) Gold. All our licensees are required to comply with our broadcasting rules, which make clear that the most offensive language cannot be shown on television before the watershed. As a post-transmission regulator, we are not involved in editorial decision-making and can only investigate programs or take action against any channel after a programme’s broadcast.”

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