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Newspapers have much fun in reporting the great Virgin Media TV menu B***** U*

By Hamish Mackay

December 21, 2011 | 2 min read

What fun and games and obvious relish in the opportunity for an asterisks overdose the newspaper headline writers have been experiencing with the torrid tale about Virgin Media’s …”overly-efficient obscenity checker”.

This was The Independent’s headline: ‘V***** Media says sorry for TV menu cock-up’

In its story, the Indie reported: “It came as no surprise to Spurs supporters that A***nal is a swear word.

“But Virgin Media has apologised after an overly-efficient obscenity checker protected viewers from the most harmless programmes.

“Customers searching their on-screen menus were given heavily asterisked warnings of the filth apparently on offer. Sunday's Match of the Day 2 would prominently feature highlights of A***nal.

“The BBC's The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff was blacklisted for being an adventure in the style of Charles D***ens and narrow- boat enthusiasts were advised of the depravity lurking in the gentle BBC 4 documentary, The Golden Age of C**als.”

The Guardian’s headline whizz-kid chipped in with: ‘WTF? EPG takes offence to Alfred Hitchc**k and Charles D***ens’.

And the paper reported that Virgin Media's electronic programme guide also listed …’BBC Radio 6 Music's Jarvis C**ker‘.

The Guardian naughtily added: “We can only imagine what happened would have happened to Scunthorpe had they also featured on the broadcaster's EPG over the weekend.”

A Virgin Media spokesperson has made clear just what happened, via a marvellously word-economic, informative and humorous official media statement, which read: "Over the weekend a temporarily over-zealous profanity checker took offence at certain programme titles.

“The altered titles have been swiftly an*lysed and we're fixing any remaining glitches."

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