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Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council has removed a ban that prohibited Dire Straits’ uncensored version of the song ‘Money for Nothing’ from playing on Canadian radio stations.
The overturn came after the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Committee received an influx of 250 letters from concerned citizens who felt that the CBSC was misinformed on the true nature of the song’s meaning. The CRTC then put in a request to CBSC to re-visit the issue in order to satisfy the letters of protest.
The CBSC granted the review this time taking into consideration the context in which the word was used. After a second review, taking place August of 2011, the CBSC reiterated that it found the slur to be inappropriate; however, due to considerations in regards to its use in context, the CBSC has left it up to the stations to decide whether to play the original or edited versions of the song.
The majority of the CBSC panelists thought the slur was inappropriate, but it was used only in a satirical, non-hateful manner.
The ban came to surface when a single female listener filed a ruling request on March 4, 2010 to the CBSC when a previous attempt to complain to CHOZ-FM, the radio station that played the song, failed to satisfy the complainant’s wishes.
Initially, the CBSC sided with the complainant, citing that the radio station was in violation of clause 2 of the Canadian Association of Broadcaster’s Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code. Dire Straits was a British rock band that was founded from 1977 consisting of siblings Mark Knopfler, David Knopfler, along with John Illsley, and Pick Withers.
The Band won several music awards during their career, including three BRIT Awards, four Grammys, and two MTV Video Music Awards. Their most popular songs include “Sultans of Swing”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Tunnel of Love”, “Private Investigations”, “Walk of Life”, “So Far Away” ,”Brothers in Arms” and of course the song in question.
The band broke up in 1988 citing stress and a personal desire to pursue other projects; however they reunited on a temporary basis in order to perform with Elton John and Eric Clapton at the Knebworth Festival, reportedly playing “Money for Nothing” along with three other songs.
Dire Straits officially reunited a second time, in 1991 to create their final studio album entitled ‘On Every Street’ before disbanding yet again, this time indefinitely in 1995. As of today, Dire Strait is considered to be one of the most successful bands of the mid 70s and 80s, selling over 120 million album units worldwide.
The band has also earned a Performing Right Society Award for music in way of a special plaque at Farrer House, Deptford’s Crossfield Estate, South-East London, where the band played its first gig. The plaque was created as part of a national UK campaign to highlight areas where significant musical events have taken place.
The unveiling took place January 29, 2010, original members Mark Knopler and John Isllley were both present at the ceremony.