C4 guilty of breaches in broadcast code

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Channel 4 is expected to face renewed criticism today for its reliance on repeats and be rebuked for a lack of orginal material.

The criticism, in the annual report by commercial television's regulator, follows a public apology by the channel last night for three examples of bad language in TFI Friday, a live programme presented by Chris Evans which is screened at 6pm. The apology to the Independent Television Commission for "clearly unacceptable breaches" was followed by a promise that that show would be pre-recorded in future.

The ITC's report for 1995, published today, is understood to reprimand the channel - also accused of a decline in orginal material - for another rise in the number of repeats. The same complaint was made last year.

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