“Mummy, what’s a VD clinic? Can I have one?”
Children say the funniest things, as any light entertainment producer will tell you, but parents in the West Midlands were definitely not amused when an embarrassing blunder by cable giant Telewest led to ads for a sexually transmitted disease clinic being transmitted on The Cartoon Network.
The ads were shown during and around family favourites such as Scooby Doo, Cow & Chicken and Johnny Bravo, over, wait for it, a ten day period last December.
The company is blaming a member of staff who failed to check a code that should have prevented the ad from being shown on the children’s channel.
But the ITC has taken a dim view of the error and is threatening a heavy fine if it happens again.
The Diary would like to suggest an alternative punishment. Perhaps the person responsible should be made to answer some of the awkward little questions that must have arisen…