12 September 2016

Fireman Sam 'Koran' scene cleared by Ofcom

Complaints over an episode of Fireman Sam, which seems to show a character treading on a Koran page, will not be investigated by watchdog Ofcom.

The scene shows a fireman slipping on papers and, as they fly up, a page with Arabic script appears to be among them.

Ofcom received 170 complaints but said on Monday it could not confirm the page was from the Koran.

The episode was pulled from Channel 5's streaming service but was first broadcast on TV in October 2014.

"We studied a recording of the programme in the highest possible resolution," an Ofcom spokesperson said.

"We found that the page did appear to contain Arabic text, but its contents could not have been deciphered, nor recognised as being from a given text."

Mattel, which produced the show, previously apologised and said it did not believe it was done "maliciously". [BBC] Read more