C4 teen sex scene criticised by Brook

Charities have criticised Channel 4 following the broadcast of its Teen Big Brother programme, in which two 18-year-old contestants had unprotected sex.

Viewers watching last Wednesday's show saw Jade Dyer and Tommy Wright fumbling under a duvet. Dyer, who was later seen crying, was issued with the morning-after pill. Both teenagers were given counselling, but this was not seen on the show.

Sexual health charity Brook said programmers should have given viewers more information about safe sex, but it did not criticise the channel for airing the programme. The charity also said the programme shows the gap in young people's knowledge of safe sex.

"The show highlights the need for young people to be better informed about the risks of unprotected sex, particularly of contracting a sexually transmitted infection," said Brook's chief executive Jan Barlow.

Pro-life campaigning group UK Life League condemned the show, and stated that it was "cynical exploitation".

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