Balls of steel concept of dating
Finding people to date has obviously never been easier.
I asked around for the beginner’s guide to Parisian online dating and was directed towards one dating website, a site that I was assured was filled with the very cream of the crop Paris has to offer. And so I took my first tentative online dating steps.
We welcome the fact that Channel 4 took on board viewers' concerns regarding both the "Annoying Devil" and Neg's "Urban Sports".
While the broadcaster had scheduled the show responsibly, that is, well after the watershed, we could understand why some viewers were worried about emulation, in particular "Big Stranger Rodeo", where jumping on the back of a stranger could have unforeseen consequences.
We also received complaints about these features in subsequent editions in the series.
Neg's Urban Sports: This feature involved a young man, Neg, inventing and demonstrating new 'sports', involving interaction with members of the public.40 viewers complained about the Urban Sports item in the 19 August 2005 edition, called ' Big Stranger Rodeo', in which Neg jumped on the back of a passer by and stayed on as long as he could before being thrown off.
I was expected to climb six flights of stairs to the home of a man I had never met before.
He would open the door and we would apparently have wonderful intimate experiences.
It needed to be spontaneous for it to be real, our stolen moment.
Appropriate information explaining that these stunts were to some extent 'set up' would help allay concerns in this regard as well as minimising offence arising as a result of health and safety concerns.
In view of the actions taken by Channel 4 in response to Ofcom's inquiries, we consider the complaints regarding the "Annoying Devil" and Neg's "Urban Sports" resolved.
Response Channel 4 said that it had a tradition of showing challenging late night comedy aimed at a young adult audience and therefore did not believe that the target audience for Balls of Steel would be unduly shocked or upset by the programme or find it offensive.
The programme was deliberately scheduled in a late Friday night timeslot, which had historically been the place for alternative comedy and entertainment, eg Ali G, Graham Norton and Bo' Selecta.