Most Haunted at tea time? Not on Ofcom’s watch!

A tea time broadcasting of an old episode of Most Haunted at Chatham dockyard has been ruled as in breach of the broadcasting code because alleged psychic Derek Acorah was shown to be supposedly possessed by the spirits of a dead child who had been whipped, as well as the woman who it is claimed was responsible for the death of the child. Ofcom is an independent communications regulator that regulates the TV and radio sectors among others, and investigated the broadcasting of the episode before watershed under Rule 1.27 of the Code that states:

“Demonstrations of exorcisms, occult practices and the paranormal (which purport to be real), must not be shown before the watershed (in the case of television) or when children are particularly likely to be listening (in the case of radio). Paranormal practices which are for entertainment purposes must not be broadcast when significant numbers of children may be expected to be watching, or are particularly likely to be listening.

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