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Ofcom investigates C4's Ukip spoof after 6,500 complaints

2015-02-23 22:23:50

Nigel Farage© AP Ukip party leader, Nigel Farage

Ofcom is to investigate Channel 4's spoof drama-documentary imagining the first 100 days of a Ukip government after it prompted more than 6,500 complaints.

Ukip: The First 100 Days combined archive footage of party leader Nigel Farage and real Ukip members, with fictional scenes played by actors.

The programme, broadcast last week, prompted 5,262 complaints to Ofcom and a further 1,300 complaints to Channel 4.

Ofcom said it had launched an official investigation. It will examine whether the programme was unduly offensive, misleading, and breached broadcasting rules around due impartiality.

The broadcasting regulator will examine the use of archive footage of real Ukip supporters applauding, which was then intercut with speeches by fictional Ukip politicians.

Nigel Farage called the apocalyptic portrayal of a riot-torn Britain under a Ukip administration “liberal-left poppycock”. But it is not known if the politician was among those who have lodged an official complaint.

The programme portrayed a fictional Asian woman Ukip MP who suffers a crisis of conscience when she witnesses the divisive impact of the party’s policies on immigration in action.

Channel 4 said in a statement: “We are confident that the programme did not breach the Ofcom code and we will be providing a response to the investigation.”

A second programme about the party, the BBC2 documentary Meet the Ukippers, which exposed the prejudiced views of some party activists was watched by 1.4m viewers on Sunday.


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