Big Brother escapes rap over racist joke

Channel 4 has escaped the censure of TV watchdogs over complaints about an incident on Big Brother.

Channel 4 has escaped the censure of TV watchdogs over complaints about an incident on Big Brother.

Viewers complained after contestant Tim Culley told the housemates a racist joke.

But the Independent Television Commission has decided to clear the channel of any wrongdoing.

The ITC said it could understand why some viewers would be offended by the racist joke. But it added that the impact of the joke was reduced because Culley did not refer directly to any ethnic group, instead substituting the word "something".

Culley's local race equality council branded it "vile" and "offensive" to both Pakistanis and the Asian community in general.

The joke was seen by viewers who tuned in to E4 for late-night Big Brother coverage, reports Media Guardian.

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