Swearing Forces BBC To Broadcast Scottish Premier League Football After The Watershed
VIEWING of the BBC’s Saturday afternoon broadcast of Ross County v St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership was ended when swearing broke out amongst the fans.
Telly watchers hoping to catch the game at 5:30pm were forced to wait until the post-watershed 10:55pm.
Margot McCuaig, managing director of mneTV, which was producing the broadcast for BBC Alba, tweeted:
“Unfortunately @TheStaggies v @saintmirrenfc won’t transmit on #BBCALBA at 5.30pm due to bad language from crowd. Will be on at 11pm. Sorry!”
Alba is BBC’s Scottish Gaelic language channel. Odd, then that the tweet was in English, as, presumably, was the swearing.
The BBC adds:
More than 3,000 fans attended the game at the Global Energy Stadium in Dingwall, which Ross County won 2-1. Ross County manager Derek Adams and his St Mirren counterpart Danny Lennon had to be pulled apart after confronting each other on the touchline as tempers frayed during the match. They were both sent to the stand by referee Willie Collum.
Did they continue their row in the stands? Did they swear?
And is a player caught on camera telling the ref to “**** ***” worse than a fan swearing off camera?
So much for the action? What of the crowd, which, perhaps, could have been replaced with noise from another BBC broadcast. A look at the schedules reveals that at 5:30pm, the BBC was also transmitting:
CBBC’s Dani’s Castle – “Another typical rainy day in Bogmoor has the gang killing time with a quick game of Hide and Freak – which doesn’t go quite according to plan.”
BBC Radio 1′s Dance Anthems – “Danny Howard pushes the tempo with Wilkinson, catches up with Zedd and has a mix from Deorro.”
And, better yet, Just A Minute - ”The panel game in which the contestants are challenged to speak for one minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition on any subject given to them by the legendary host Nicholas Parsons. This week’s players are Sheila Hancock, Richard Herring, Josie Lawrence and Paul Merton. Subjects include ‘Hot Cross Buns’ and ‘How to Win an Argument with a Teenager’.”