John Oliver’s ‘Brexit’ Segment Wasn’t Aired In Great Britain Before The Recent EU Referendum Vote

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06.25.16 5 Comments

The ‘Brexit’ has come to send us all into some sort of dark, apocalyptic future that will force mothers to eat their young and turn Donald Trump into some sort of baron of the wastes. At least that’s what I’ve gathered from the Twitter reactions of the entire thing. For most, it’s just a really dumb idea, something that was highlighted during the episode of Last Week Tonight before the vote was held on Thursday.

There’s just one problem with that message John Oliver was trying to send to the people in the UK. They never actually got to see it before voting. As is noted here on the Last Week Tonight Twitter account during the Scotland referendum vote, the show airs a day or so after the American premiere on SkyAtlantic:

The only problem here is that the show never aired. It was instead replaced with an episode of Veep and held off until later in the week. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Sky made this decision due to rules and regulations they had to follow:

A Sky spokesman cited rules set by U.K. media regulator Ofcom. Sky “complied with the Ofcom broadcasting restrictions at times of elections and referendums that prohibit us showing this section of the program at this moment in time,” he said.

The rules require balanced reporting and impartiality during elections and such. Observers said that the Last Week episode would have been fine to air if it had also made the case for the opposite argument in another part of the show.

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