Moyles in breach of Ofcom regs
Posted by
Moyles in breach of Ofcom regs

Ofcom’s latest Broadcast Bulletin, published today, opens with numerous complaints about Chris Moyles’ breakfast show.

The three instances – including one in which Moyles, at 08:42 on 17th January 2006, called the women who had text in to say that they urinate in the shower “dirty whores” – attracted a swath of complaints from listeners and have prompted the BBC to review their disciplinary stratergy to deal with presenters who step out of line. On another occasion, a listener objected to the words “piss” and “tw**” being used during an interview on Valentine’s Day.

Just six days later on the 20th February, Moyles strategy to a listener who had called in: “You’ve got some kids from some f***ing…”

He quickly realised his mistake and apologised profusely, but Ofcom’s decision is based on a possible 46,000 children listening to the show at the time of the outburst. The regulator decided that the occasion breached rule 1.14, “The most offensive language must not be broadcast before the watershed or when children are particularly likely to be listening.”

Ofcom report that the BBC have assured them that since these programmes were broadcast, new procedures have been introduced by Radio 1. In future, presenters who accidentally swore or used other offensive language on air would be subject to disciplinary measures. Should this happen twice within twelve months, the presenter would suffer a financial penalty. Programme teams had also been reminded of the existing guidance on how to deal with offensive language from contributors, which included the possibility of persistent offenders being taken off air.

The BBC said that the Controller of Radio 1 has raised the issue of language with this presenter, who had given an assurance that his use of language would be more carefully managed. The Controller would continue, as part of his wider communication with presenters and staff, to emphasise the need to maintain a careful balance between creating an entertaining and authentic service for young listeners and using language that might cause harm and offence to others.

Hear more radio industry news like this at the top of the hour on inRadio - the radio industry's very own radio station. Listen now in a new window whilst you continue reading RadioToday or press play below.

0 0 477 12 June, 2006 Industry News 6:37 pm 20066 Monday, June 12th, 2006

Leave a Reply

Looking for something else?


Subscribe to our emails to stay informed about the latest radio news and products delivered straight to your inbox.

Related Posts

No related posts were found
WorldDAB General Assembly 2016 - November 9, 2016 at 10:00 am ()
Student Radio Awards - November 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm (The O₂ 10 Entertainment Avenue, London, SE10 0DY, England)
BBC Gillard Awards - November 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Newcastle)
Audio Production Awards - November 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm (BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London)
Radio TechCon 2016 - November 28, 2016 at 10:00 am (The Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JB)
Salon de la Radio - January 29, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
Salon de la Radio - January 30, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
Salon de la Radio - January 31, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
More events