Jonathan Ross told to cut swearing

Jonathan Ross told to cut swearing

As you may have heard, the BBC have announced they will be tightening up guidelines and editorial policy for all future shows with regards to swearing and things of that nature, following the Andrew Sachs, Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross incident on BBC Radio 2.

The Guardian reports “the director of BBC Vision, Jana Bennett, told the Guardian that Jonathan Ross had agreed to cut back on bad language in his BBC Friday night chatshow”. The Daily Mail says Jonathan Ross’s chat show – Friday Night With Jonathan Ross – will have “a ban on swearing and sexual innuendo” when it returns to BBC1 early next year following Jonathan’s suspension from the BBC. The Telegraph says “the BBC’s two most senior figures will face tough questioning over Jonathan Ross’s three-year £18 million salary in wake of Andrew Sachs obscene calls affair”.

Friday Night With Jonathan Ross is expected to return to BBC1 at the end of January or the beginning of February next year.

With toning down of swearing and sexual innuendo – two things which are a part of Friday Night With Jonathan Ross – is this a step too far? And will Jonathan stay at the BBC for much longer if they tell him strictly what he can and cannot do throughout every show he’s on?

Although the likes of David Letterman and Jay Leno on American TV don’t have any swearing on their shows (apart from a few bleeped words every now and again), and their shows are doing fine. In fact, swearing on network TV (ie. terrestrial TV) is not allowed in the US at all. Should the UK do the same or has this thing blown way out of all proportion? I think the latter.

We’d like to know your thoughts – leave us a comment.

The Guardian – “BBC swears to cut down on bad language”
Daily Mail – “Jonathan Ross told to cut out smut and swearing…”
The Telegraph – “BBC chiefs to be quizzed over Jonathan Ross’s salary…”

One thought on “Jonathan Ross told to cut swearing

  1. The whole thing has been blown out of proportion. The original prank phone call was stupid and anyone that listened to the show had every right to complain as, of course, did Andrew Sachs. But since only two listeners complained (about the language rather than the content) and Sachs quickly accepted their apologies and wanted to forget the whole thing, it should have been considered case closed there and then. However, the tabloids’ sensationalism, Sachs’ granddaughter grabbing her tacky 15 minutes of fame, and the BBC dithering about not knowing how to react exacerbated things beyond all reason.

    Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe dealt with it all perfectly, I think. You can see it here if you missed it:

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