BBC criticised for using fake orgasm clip on show

Author: By Ben Mitchell, Press Association

Steve Harris, presenter of the Drivetime show on Radio Solent, played the
10-second recording from the movie When Harry Met Sally when talking about a
drug being heralded as the female version of Viagra.

He played the clip immediately after asking listeners: “What would you say if
I asked if you were interested in a female version of Viagra?”

After the clip, which he did not inform listeners was from the hit movie, he
said: “I thought that might get an enthusiastic response.”

The item was broadcast at 4.20pm on Monday.

During the discussion with BBC health reporter Michelle Roberts, the pill,
Flibanserin, was described as a “true aphrodisiac” which “improved libido,
desire and satisfaction”.

Ending the item on the station, which broadcasts to Hampshire, Dorset and the
Isle of Wight, Mr Harris said: “I think we will stop this now. This is,
after all, a family show.”

Vivienne Pattison, director of campaign group Mediawatch UK, said the BBC had
“over-stepped the mark”.

She said: “I think the BBC made a bit of an error. They must have been having
a right laugh but they got a bit carried away in playing this clip.

“If you happened to be a parent picking your child up and hearing that, you
would either have had to deal with bouts of sniggering or, from a younger
child, you would end up dealing with lots of questions.

“We like to protect children from certain things and there are clear reasons
for that and I think they over-stepped the mark in this case.”

A BBC spokeswoman said: “It wasn’t our intention to offend.

“This was a light hearted intro to an informative discussion utilising one of
the best known film clips of the last 20 years. We’ve had not a single
complaint or comment.”

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