Comic Relief sketch most complained-about TV moment of 2013 – Daily TV round-up

Rowan Atkinson skit received 487 complaints.

The Comic Relief sketch in which Rowan Atkinson played the Archbishop of Canterbury is the most complained-about TV moment of the year.

Ofcom received 487 complaints about the sketch, in which he suggested that praying 'doesn't work' and likened boyband One Direction to Jesus's disciples.

The sketch landed in fourth place in terms of complaints in Ofcom's 2013 list, with 'Big Brother' being the most complained-about programme of all.

The Channel 5 show received 965 complaints over its most recent series, for various issues ranging from accusations of racism to bullying and fighting.

[Mandela coverage complaints for BBC]

'The X Factor' came in second place, with 734 complaints, largely made over Robin Thicke's performance of 'Blurred Lines' and Lady Gaga's appearance in October.

They received 122 and 317 complaints respectively.

The TV watchdog cleared Lady Gaga's performance of any wrong-doing yesterday, however.

Meanwhile, 574 people complained about ITV News, 278 of those referring specifically to its coverage of the death of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Ofcom is set to launch an investigation into the broadcast of graphic images shown pre-watershed during the incident in Woolwich against BBC News, Sky News, 5 News and Channel 4 News once the current criminal case has been concluded.

Here's the list of the top 10 in full:

1. Big Brother: 965 complaints
2. The X Factor: 734
3. ITV News: 574
4. Comic Relief: Funny for Money: 492
5. Celebrity Big Brother: 438
6. Britain's Got Talent: 422
7. Emmerdale: 376
8. BBC News: 354
9. Downton Abbey: 252
10. Coronation Street: 225

Ofcom has received 13780 complaints so far this year.

The most complained-about show ever was 'Celebrity Big Brother' in 2007, which, during the well-publicised 'race row' between Jade Goody and Shilpa Shetty, received 45,159 complaints. [BBC]

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