“It is never our intention to offend or upset our viewers.”
Sky has issued an apology after an episode of Game of Thrones aired pre-watershed and without PIN protection earlier this year.
On August 19 at 7:35 am an episode of the series – which is famous for its use of strong language, scenes of a sexual nature, and graphic violence – aired on Sky Atlantic.
The episode in question contained a series of strong swear words, which was available free to watch without a PIN restricting underage viewers.
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As reported by RXTV, Sky has now attributed the mistake to an “unseen technical fault” and has assured viewers and media watchdog Ofcom that the situation will not happen again.
Sky said that a software update meant an “excess of data” was created, which, in turn, “caused the system to run out of memory prematurely”. This resulted in the issue regarding the disappearance of PIN protection.
Sky went on to say that it “fully accepts strong content should not be broadcast before the watershed without the necessary mandatory PIN protection”.
Sky apologised to customers, adding: “It is never our intention to offend or upset our viewers.”
In the UK, Ofcom states that watershed begins at 9 pm and any material that is unsuitable for children should not be shown before that time or after 5:30 am.
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