BBC Facing Ofcom Investigation Over Rowan Atkinson’s Archbishop Comic Relief Sketch

Published 2013/04/23 by Dr. Dannii Cohen

Rowan ComicThe BBC is reportedly under investigation by TV regulators Ofcom over Rowan Atkinson’s Comic Relief sketch.

The clip showed him sending up the Archbishop of Canterbury, prompting 2,200 complaints to the BBC and 484 to Ofcom.

Atkinson had said in his skit, which was later removed from BBC iPlayer: “Jesus said love your neighbour and let’s be perfectly clear, because there’s a lot of misunderstanding about this, it doesn’t mean shag your neighbour. He hates that, he absolutely hates that.”

Ofcom said in a statement: “Ofcom can confirm that it is currently investigating whether the use of offensive language on Comic Relief: Funny for Money was justified by context and whether the BBC applied generally accepted standards in the programme.”

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