Top Model trailer too sexy for standards' watchdog

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 March, 2005, 12:00am

A TVB advert showing model wannabes covering their breasts with only their hands has been ruled unsuitable for broadcasting during family viewing time.

The Broadcasting Authority yesterday said the television trailer for America's Next Top Model featured nude women, and one of the voiceover expressions carried a strong sexual implication.

The serialised American reality show featuring a model contest hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks was broadcast on TVB Pearl but the advert was shown on TVB Jade on November 25 last year, between 7pm and 8pm. The authority ruled the portrayals were 'gratuitous and not contextually justified' for promoting a programme on a model contest.

It gave 'strong advice' to TVB to observe more closely the relevant code of practice on the family viewing policy, indecent materials, the depiction of sex and nudity and the protection of children.

A TVB spokeswoman said the broadcaster thought the portrayal was 'within the bounds of morality and was acceptable for broadcast within family viewing hours'. This was one of five broadcasts that sparked complaints mentioned in an authority statement yesterday.

In a separate case, TVB was advised to observe more closely the relevant codes on the treatment of animals. A man held a struggling rabbit by its ears in a scene in Virtues Of Harmony II, on Jade on November 9 between 9pm and 9.30pm.

The authority considered the portrayal 'undesirable' because it showed viewers 'improper and inhumane ways' to treat an animal.

Meanwhile, slang used by a host in For The People, a Commercial Radio One programme, has been ruled offensive to listeners.

The authority said the expression, used on December 7 between 1pm and 2pm, was unacceptable because it had sexual implications.

Two other cases were also mentioned by the authority. One involved ATV, for providing wrong information about civet cats in a programme targeted at the elderly on November 16.

The other involved a host on Metro radio's Metro Showbiz channel, for being insensitive and having bad taste for singing out in a light-hearted manner the news of a driver's death in an accident last year.


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