Bauer Media has told Ofcom a “technical fault” lead to the playout of an unedited Red Hot Chilli Peppers song on a Saturday morning on Kerrang!.
One person complained about the lyrics in the song Suck My Kiss, which included the Mother F***er word four times.
The station, which is no longer broadcasting on terrestrial radio, recently moved from Birmingham to London and owners Bauer Media said a transfer of systems meant the track moved from the trash category to a live category by mistake. It also said the song had been loaded to the system ‘pre Bauer ownership’.
No apology was broadcast after the song had played because the station is voice-tracked, but one did appear a week later around the same time.
Kerrang! Radio is now carrying out a “full (and on-going) review” of its music database to ensure that “there are no tracks in the system containing unsuitable lyrics”.
In upholding the complaint, Ofcom said: “We were concerned that seemingly no member of staff had been monitoring the output as broadcast and that consequently no apology for the language in the song had been broadcast at the time.”
Kerrang! was found in breaches of Rules 1.14 and 2.3 of the Ofcom code.