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SBD Global/February 24, 2014/Media

Swearing From Fans Causes TV Broadcast Delay In Scottish Premiership

A TV channel "delayed transmission of a Scottish Premiership football match until after the watershed because of the amount of swearing that could be heard from fans," according to the BBC. Ross County's match with St. Mirren was supposed to have been broadcast "as live" by BBC Alba at 5:30pm local time on Saturday. But the transmission was delayed until 10:55pm. The channel "had been concerned the amount of bad language would have breached Ofcom guidelines." BBC Alba, which is the BBC's Scottish Gaelic language channel, "had been scheduled to broadcast the match in its entirety shortly after the final whistle." But it "decided to delay the transmission after realising that bad language could clearly be heard on its microphones, which were placed around the ground." A tweet by the managing director of mneTV, which was producing the broadcast for BBC Alba, said, "Unfortunately @TheStaggies v @saintmirrenfc won't transmit on #BBCALBA at 5.30pm due to bad language from crowd. Will be on at 11pm. Sorry!" The message "was retweeted by BBC Alba's official feed." A spokesperson for BBC Alba later said that the delay to the transmission "had allowed producers to edit out the bad language" (BBC, 2/23).
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