FROM THE JOURNALS; A Weekly Roundup of News and Opinions from the Professional Press
Campaigners have called for new laws to clamp down on offensive jokes about disabled people on TV and radio. Both the BBC and ITV failed to halt recent incidents, including jokes made by Jonathan Ross and Frank Skinner. One possibility would be to introduce an equivalent to the offence of incitement to racial hatred. Ross compared a man on his 19 April radio show to "someone you'd see in a Variety bus". Skinner's comments about people with restricted growth in his Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned show on ITV on 26 March sparked fresh anger after the Broadcasting Standards Commission upheld earlier complaints.
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Publication information: Article title: FROM THE JOURNALS; A Weekly Roundup of News and Opinions from the Professional Press. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: June 16, 2003. Page number: 7. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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