Some Virgin Media TV customers may have noticed the company apparently censoring content in its menu and guide screens over the weekend. The censorship went as far as censoring the name of London football club Arsenal on Match Of The Day 2:
And it doesn't stop there. Will Smith movie Hancock became HanC**k:
And classic Hitchcock movie The 39 Steps also got the same treatment (thanks to Gerry P for the screengrab):
As has Never Mind the Buzzcocks (hat tip @GeorgiTheBug):
There were also some asterisks for pop star Jarvis Cocker (hat tip The Mirror):
It seems this censorship was the result of an automated setting. A statement from Virgin Media (sent to Tim Bradshaw at the FT) explained:
"Over the weekend a temporarily over-zealous profanity checker took offence at certain programme titles. The altered titles have been swiftly an*lysed and we're fixing any remaining glitches."
"An*lysed"? The jokers.