‘Brass Eye’ spoof gives C4 black eye

Channel ordered to apologize for satire

LONDON — Channel 4 has been ordered to apologize on air for “Brass Eye Special,” comedian Chris Morris’ spoof TV show that outraged many British viewers with its satire of child abuse.

The ITC, which regulates commercial TV in the U.K., criticized the program’s scheduling and the quality of the warnings before its broadcast. That view was echoed by Britain’s Broadcasting Standards Commission.

By law, C4 must broadcast the apology — but the terrestrial net remained defiant. C4 director of programs Tim Gardam described the show as “a fine example of a serious, innovative and authored program at a time when there is widespread criticism of the bland conformity of much of television.”

C4 chief exec Michael Jackson added that the channel “would not hesitate to commission or transmit such a program again.”

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