Feeds

Want top-notch net porn? Try ITV News

ITN apologises for smut link gaffe

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Independent UK news outfit ITN has escaped sanction by watchdog Ofcom after admitting to broadcasting a link to a XXX website during a 9 June news bulletin.

The full scale of the outrage is explained in Ofcom's broadcast bulletin number 39 (PDF), released yesterday. The fun-packed issue declares:

A viewer complained that a video clip about children playing on railway lines displayed a website address for a site containing hard core pornography. The viewer had accessed the site on the assumption that it was related to the news item and was shocked by the content.

For its part, ITN explained:

ITN said that it had been aware before transmission that the video clip included a visible website address and understood the need to check the site’s content. It had attempted to enter the website, but was denied access. It therefore presumed that the site was no longer active and that there was no need to obscure the address on screen.

Fair enough, simple mistake, nothing to see here, move along...

But hold on a minute, the reason the news team could not access the website is this:

However it subsequently realised that access had been denied by the firewall on ITN’s own internal computer system, which prevents access to such sites.

Sigh. In light of ITN's evident lack of web savvy, we at El Reg hereby invite the entire ITV News research staff to a two-hour seminar at Vulture Central entitled "A beginner's guide to the internet: what it is and how it works." There will then be a short recess for organic virgin thigh-rolled prawn* sandwiches and wheat grass juice after which the participants can gain further enlightenment by browsing some of our own favourite sites on kids, railway lines and hot Dutch girl-on-girl-on-girl-on-boy. Firewall permitting, naturally.

Meanwhile, we accept ITN's apology on behalf of an outraged Middle England:

ITN accepted that the website address should not have been included in the broadcast, and apologised for the error which had led to its inclusion in the lunchtime bulletin. The importance of stringent checks has been reinforced to editorial staff.

That's right, the next time you need to check a racy url, leave the ITN building, proceed to the nearest internet cafe and stringently access the domain in question before running back to the office shouting: "Don't run VT, for the love of all that's Holy..." ®

Bootnote

*Vegetarian option: organic virgin thigh-rolled prawn sandwiches without the organic virgin thigh-rolled prawns. Please request in advance.

Related stories

IWF cracks down on illegal porn at work
Smut filter in Dick-pulling outrage
Porn filters have a field day on Horniman Museum

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD
'Officers were unable to determine Chicken's intent'
Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!
Put it away boys. Cover them up ladies. Your credit cards, we mean
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'
US court hears of cached browser image - not actual request
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty
Sales of traditional brekkie foods soar as hungry folk get their mitts greasy
Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE
Examining the frothy disconnect in indie cafe culture
Ex-Apple man Sam Sung - for it is he - sticks namebadge on eBay
Stump up via tat bazaar, do a good thing for ill kids
Check your Clungene, Irish women warned
Have a quick shufti, you may not be pregnant after all
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.