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BCCC pulls up Star World for objectionable content in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

MUMBAI: Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC), the self-regulatory body for non-news entertainment channels, has pulled up Star India’s English entertainment channel Star World.

BCCC has issued Star World a notice for airing objectionable content in its popular medical drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.

A source confirms that the channel was served a notice for broadcasting a homosexual encounter in the American show in the month of June.

The notice followed complaints from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB).

Star World would soon be filing its response. This will be heard in the next meeting of the BCCC and MIB scheduled on 1 December.

The scene in question shows one of the characters in the series asking her male colleague to teach her how to satisfy her partner sexually by demonstrating it.

Chaired by Justice (retired) Mukul Mudgal, the BCCC arrived on the opinion that keeping Indian audiences in mind, the scenes of the episode were explicit and objectionable. The Council issued a notice for submission of written reply to the channel.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ follows the lives of surgeons in a fictional setup and has been on air for over a decade.

BCCC had earlier said in its status report for the period 3 July 2012 and 22 August 2015 that the number of complaints related to sex, nudity and obscenity had seen a remarkable decline from the earlier reporting period.

While in January 2012 BCCC received 47 per cent complaints related to this theme, in its status report from 3 July 2012 to 22 August 2015 the regulatory body received only 8 per cent of the complaints related to sex, nudity and obscenity.

A large number of these complaints were received from the MIB and most were against English-language TV programmes, the report mentioned.