Nick Conrad has been making the national headlines this week after making comments about convicted rapist Ched Evans.
He said women should “keep their knickers on” during a live debate about the former Sheffield United striker, causing 81 complaints to be made to the BBC and even more to Ofcom.
But today he has apologised on-air, three days after making the comments, after apparently being ‘told off’ by bosses at Radio Norfolk and after pressure on social media.
Today he said: “I made it clear on several occasions that rape is an abhorrent and inexcusable crime and that women who are victims are in no way to blame. Some of my comments in one section of the discussion were ill-judged and were offensive to some. I apologise to anybody who was offended by what I said.”
His original comments included: “I think women need to be more aware of a man’s sexual desire that when you’re in that position that you are about to engage in sexual activity there’s a huge amount of energy in the male body, there’s a huge amount of will and intent, and it’s very difficult for many men to say no when they are whipped up into a bit of a storm. And it’s the old adage about if you yank a dog’s tail, then don’t be surprised when it bites you. Or you can’t keep snakes in the garden and think they’ll only bite your neighbours.”
Nick is also a presenter on LBC and has also worked for BBC Radio 2, Radio 3 and Radio 5 live.