TV celeb psychic Derek Acorah in trouble again as the television standards authority in Britain says he broke broadcasting rules on his show, Most Haunted.
An episode of Most Haunted – featuring psychic Derek Acorah becoming ‘possessed’ – could have spooked children when it aired on Sky’s Pick TV channel in the early evening last year, Ofcom has ruled.
Broadcast on October 17 at 6pm, the episode saw the Most Haunted team investigating Chatham Dockyard in Kent, where there had been been sightings of so-called “malevolent spirits” and “dark evil shadows”.
At one stage, Acorah suddenly became “possessed”, supposedly by the spirit of a soldier, and he then spoke in a gruff deep voice and identified himself as Richard Neville, before collapsing.
During a later seance, Acorah was again “possessed”, this time by a 9-year-old boy called Barney Little, and then by a woman who had abused the boy, called Lizzie.
A complainant alerted Ofcom that the content in the episode was not suitable for broadcast before the 9pm watershed when children could have been watching.
Ofcom rules that the show theme was “dark and menacing” and could have distressed younger viewers since it referenced children being harmed, mistreated or murdered.
In its defense, Most Haunted had told viewers that events portrayed may not actually have happened and that Acorah may have been “simply play acting for the cameras”. Ya think?
Most Haunted was a hallmark show that launched others like Ghost Hunters in the U.S. This type of programming is still popular, as is Acorah even after his various public missteps.
This may be correlated to the popularity of these shows: Majority of Brits Surveyed Believe in Paranormal Occurrences and Psychics Reports Psychic Living.
It appears that the British populace is becoming more and more obsessed with psychics, mediums, and spirits than in the recent past.
Exclusive polls have shown that 60% of Britons surveyed now believe they have seen a ghost, while over half of the Brits think it is possible to speak with the dead, and 48% wanting to visit with a medium at some point.
The survey also noted that 38% believe that there is something to be said for psychic abilities, including predicting the future and talking to those who have passed on.
Even though there have been many cases of fraudulent psychic claims, some people believe that in no way negates the REAL psychics. Hmmm, human mistakes and fraud are less plausible than powers we can’t pin down and identify after more than a century of trying? That make sense. O_o
By the way, that press report on the survey was put out by “Psychic Living” as some good PR for using psychics.