POP star Madonna’s foul-mouthed outburst on pre-watershed live TV earned a rebuke for Channel 4 today.
The singer used the word "motherf*****" as she announced the winner of the Turner Prize art award in December.
The broadcaster was found to be in breach of the Independent Television Commission’s programme code - despite its efforts to try and bleep out the bad language.
Strong expletives are generally not permitted before 9pm and Madonna was speaking shortly before the cut-off point.
Efforts to mask the singer’s outburst kicked in too late, but two apologies were broadcast in case viewers were offended.
Five viewers complained about the broadcast made from London’s Tate Britain gallery.
The ITC ruled: "The channel was clearly sufficiently concerned to have put a mechanism in place, in case a problem arose, but the failure to cover up Madonna’s outburst represented a breach of the Programme Code."
Meanwhile, a porn channel was criticised by a TV regulator after a technical hitch led to homes in Epsom, Surrey, receiving unencrypted shows.
Under ITC rules Television X - the Fantasy Channel should be coded and only available to households that request it. Just one viewer complained, but the ITC said such lapses were "extremely serious".