The Sony Hack Caused Broadcast of Sweary Film

By James O Malley on at

The massive Sony Pictures hack at the end of last year led to a pre-watershed broadcast of 1982 film The Verdict.

The channel Movie Mix, which is owned by Sony, received a slap on the wrist for broadcasting an uncensored version of the film before 9pm; this was spotted by Betanews in the latest Ofcom adjudications report. Apparently the channel was supposed to show the version that had been cut-down for daytime TV, but the safe version was deleted during the hack.

As a result, the film was re-downloaded from Sony's central systems complete with swears, and broadcast as is. According to IMDB, there are 7 F-bombs in the first 35 minutes of the film, and a "shit" to boot. There is also a moment when a woman is slapped by a man.

Unfortunately for Movie Mix, which is broadcast on Freeview, the TV regulator found the Sidney Lumet courtroom drama guilty, because despite the hack it was still human error, because a lowly flesh-bag had setup the broadcast without checking the film in full.

Presumably Movie Mix is just pleased it hadn't scheduled to show Pulp Fiction. [Betanews]