Broadcasting Corporation 's Decision On Broadcast Jerry Springer

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Introduction - What I intend to write about
In this report, I will be assessing the British Broadcasting Corporation 's decision to broadcast Jerry Springer: The Opera back on 8th January 2005. In order to judge the decision, I will be looking at the reasons why the BBC made the decision to air it in 2005. I will be comparing the number of people who complained to the BBC to the total amount of people who watched the broadcast using viewing figures and charts. In addition, I will also look at the viewpoints of the Christian Voice Campaign who argued against the opera. Finally, I will also be using my knowledge of Utilitarianism and Kantianism while referencing the viewing figures and the BBC 's general duty to the public to establish my thoughts on the BBC broadcasting Jerry Springer: The Opera.
Background Information on the transmission of the opera
The BBC televised "Jerry Springer: the Opera" on BBC Two on Saturday 8th January 2005 and the opera was transmitted in the context of "Jerry Springer Night" which contained these programmes:
⦁ "Some Things You Need To Know about Jerry Springer"
⦁ "Ruby Wax Meets ... The Jerry Springer Show"
⦁ "Jerry Springer - the Opera: Story of a Musical"
⦁ "Jerry Springer - the Opera". [1] (BBC, 2005).
After the opera was broadcast, the BBC was blazed by 63,000 complaints. The reason for these complaints were the opera 's strong use of bad language and many people felt it was mocking Christianity. A huge number of 47,000 people complained…
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