One Of Channel Ten's Biggest Shows At Centre Of Controversy
The Thai ambassador to Australia has sent a strongly-worded letter to Channel Ten after the network aired a skit making light of the recent passing of the nations King.
In the letter, dated October 18, ambassador Chirachai Punkrasin said a segment on Monday's episode of Have You Been Paying Attention? was "very inappropriate, disrespectful, and certainly not amusing".
"While it may not be the intention of the Network 10 to cause offence, the programme needs to show greater cultural sensitivity and media professionalism when it deals with a topic that makes reference to another country, institution or culture," Mr Punkrasin wrote.
The show played a video clip of a Thai woman crying over the death of Thailand’s beloved monarch, King Bhumbol Adulyadej, which led to the panel of Peter Helliar, Ed Kavalee, Jane Kennedy and Celia Pacquola, offering up several alternative answers before the correct answer was reached.
Mr Punkrasin said the show's panel had been "mocking people who are feeling intense grief at the passing of their monarch".
Network Ten has replied to the Canberra-based ambassador saying ‘’In no way was any disrespect intended and we sincerely regret any distress caused.
‘’The video has been taken down from Ten's website and other social channels, and will be edited to remove this segment, prior to the episode being broadcast or made available again."
It seems that comments made on #HYBPA have offended some of our Thai-Australian friends.— #HYBPA (@HYBPA) October 18, 2016
We'll be giving them a miss on the repeats.
In a tweet, Have You Been Paying Attention's producers public apologised for the slight and said it would cease to air the segment.