BBC Radio Sheffield have sacked their mid-morning presenter Gareth Evans, after a row with Bassetlaw District Council over a £50 parking ticket.
Protests that followed prompted council staff to contact the BBC, who investigated a complaint which claimed the presenter had threatened to criticise the council on-air.
This morning, the Sheffield Telegraph [link=http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news2/BBC-bosses-sack-DJ-in.6021703.jp]reported the story[/link] of Evans being fired, with a BBC spokeswoman telling them: "We have taken the decision to end the contract between the BBC and Parsley Pyjamas Limited. This means Gareth Evans will no longer be broadcasting for BBC Radio Sheffield."
The ticket row came about after Evans’ pregnant wife parked their Land Rover over two lines in a car park last November. His appeal claimed his wife was forced to use two bays to ensure she could get back in the car. This appeal failed but it is now set to go to an independent review.
Evans also expressed his annoyance via Facebook – but this has since been removed.