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Obama joke makes Canada's watchdog see red

CANADA'S broadcast regulator has said the country's French-language broadcaster broke television regulations and should apologize for airing a comedy sketch that suggested that Barack Obama would be easy to assassinate because the first black American president would stand out against the White House.

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission said it received over 250 complaints about a popular New Year's Eve show that featured gags about the US president.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council issued a public reprimand of Radio-Canada in May and the CRTC agreed. Radio-Canada is the French-language broadcasting arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

The CBC has been ordered by the CRTC to apologize to its viewers and take action to ensure that "such an unfortunate situation" does not repeat itself.


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