1. ITV Report

Stephen Fry's colourful Bafta language prompts complaints

Stephen Fry's colourful language has prompted a number of complaints. Photo: Reuters

The BBC is considering its Bafta coverage "very carefully", it said, after a number of people complained about the bad language used by host Stephen Fry.

The comedian, who regularly hosts the awards, made a serious of colourful remarks, introducing Tom Cruise as "Tom f****** Cruise" and saying it was "pissing down with stars" outside the ceremony.

Viewers were not impressed by the actor's script and made their feelings clear to the BBC. The BBC said the feedback had been "noted". A statement on the corporation's website said:

The Baftas is not a BBC event, but during our coverage of the awards ceremony we try to find a compromise between presenting the events of the night as they happened, while remaining within the expectations of the majority of the viewers at home - which saw over 5.5 million people tuning in to watch. Attitudes to strong language vary enormously and we considered very carefully how to reflect this.

Stephen, whose irreverence and style is extremely well-known to viewers, has presented the Baftas for several years. Any strong language was used after the watershed, and there was a presentation announcement at the start of the programme warning viewers that the broadcast would contain language of this nature.

We accept that some viewers disagreed with this approach, and this feedback has been noted

– BBC statement