Frankie Cocozza's outburst broke broadcasting standards
Media regulator Ofcom has ruled that Frankie Cocozza's foul mouthed outburst on 'The X Factor' broke broadcasting standards
Ofcom has ruled that Frankie Cocozza's foul mouthed outburst on 'The X Factor' broke broadcasting standards.
The media regulator received 108 complaints after the show's bad boy shouted "f***ing get in there" before the 9pm watershed after he survived the public vote on the programme on October 23 2011 and it has blasted ITV1 for failure to have "adequate systems in place" to deal with it.
A statement from Ofcom said: "Ofcom was particularly concerned that a high profile live programme such as this did not already have adequate systems in place to monitor the transmission output of the programme as it was broadcast."
"We considered that in this instance the offensive term was clearly audible to viewers. Had there been suitable compliance procedures in place the broadcaster could have responded in a more timely and appropriate fashion."
Channel TV, the ITV company which handles programme compliance for show, said it regretted the outburst and explained it has now put extra measures in place to deal with similar situations in future including making sure one staff member is watching a transmission of the show in a quiet environment.
The company had originally claimed noise levels at the live show meant members of staff in the sound gallery failed to hear the swearing and as a result no apology was offered to viewers until the 44 minutes later on ITV2's 'The Xtra Factor'.