From the latest Ofcom bulletin:
North East Tonight
ITV 1, 11 October 2005, 18:25
This regional news programme featured a report on a local ice hockey club, the Newcastle Vipers. The item focused on the 'hard-man' image of some of the players and the aggressive reputation the team had developed. The sequence included a montage of clips of players fighting, accompanied by the track 'I Predict a Riot' by the Kaiser Chiefs. The report ended with the reporter commenting on the team's aggressive style and saying "so tough - yes, but successful also, and as the saying goes, if something isn’t broke, don’t fix it." A viewer complained that the content of the report was too violent for the time of broadcast.
The report about the on-pitch behaviour and reputation of the players was obviously legitimate in this regional sports programme and we believe that viewers would not be surprised by the inclusion of some violent scenes within a news programme. However, we consider that the amount of fighting shown (which included scenes from a DVD which was devoted to footage of one of the players fighting), coupled with the
music and the closing remarks by the reporter was excessive and appeared to endorse the players’ violent behaviour.