Monday, July 4

Swearing at Live8

From Reuters -London

The BBC apologised on Monday for outbursts of swearing by stars including Madonna at the weekend's Live 8 concerts after it received hundreds of complaints from viewers.

More than a million people watched the shows held at 10 venues across the globe on Saturday, while an estimated 2 billion tuned in via the Internet, television and radio.

The BBC, which carried live footage with no time delay, said about 350 people had complained about performers using bad language before the 9 p.m. watershed when British TV companies are committed to airing shows suitable for a family audience.

A number of artists at London's Hyde Park, including Madonna and U.S. rapper Snoop Dogg, could be clearly heard to be swearing on the BBC's coverage in the early evening. could be clearly heard swearing on the BBC's coverage in the early evening.

The BBC said it had warned stars about their behaviour.

"We broadcast the Live 8 concerts on the understanding that all artists knew they were performing live and would bear that in mind," the broadcaster said.
"We are very sorry that viewers were offended by swearing ... and apologise especially to those who were watching with children before the 9 p.m. watershed

"Many millions of people enjoyed over 12 hours of live broadcasting but we are of course very sorry for any offence caused."

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