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The EastEnders paedophile plotline has been cleared of breaching broadcasting rules by watchdog Ofcom. The Communications regulator ruled that Enders’ controversial paedophile plot was handled "appropriately and sensitively" and was not in breach of the broadcasting code.
The story, which ran from September to December last year, drew 90 viewers’ complaints, the majority saying the subject matter wasn’t appropriate for a pre-watershed audience. The plot involved Bianca Jackson’s (Patsy Palmer) partner Tony King (Chris Coghill) abusing her 15-year-old stepdaughter Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty). The abuse had been going on for three years, starting when Whitney was 12.
Despite viewers’ concerns, Ofcom said that the BBC had ensured the story remained on the concept of grooming and wasn’t sensationalist with regard to the physical aspect of the abuse. Ofcom also pointed out that EastEnders has, over the years, tackled similar issues in storylines, including 13-year-old Kat Slater’s rape by her uncle Harry and Bianca’s under-age relationship with her mother Carol Jackson’s boyfriend, Dan Sullivan.
Finally, Ofcom ruled that the climax, which saw Tony being arrested after Bianca called the police, provided ‘an appropriate conclusion’.
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