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Galaxy 102 found in breach

Galaxy Manchester has been found in breach of regulator Ofcom's rules, following the broadcast of an off-air conversation, in which "the most offensive language… when children are likely to be listening" was heard.

Listeners to the pre-recorded Rob Ellis show on the afternoon of Saturday 8th September, heard an unknown voice say: [i]"…I reckon every spacker in Manchester could go to Toys R Us, meanwhile I'm having to walk fucking miles with me kids in the rain."[/i]

Aside from broadcasting language which Ofcom considers "very offensive to most people", it was noted that no apology was made until the same time the following Saturday, and then the apology didn't explain why it was being made.

While management at Galaxy Manchester pointed out it was difficult to interrupt a pre-recorded programme to apologise, Ofcom countered by stating "appropriately qualified and trained staff" should be in place to "ensure full compliance with [Ofcom's broadcasting] code."

Full details of the breach can be found [link=http://www.ofcom.org.uk/tv/obb/prog_cb/obb99/issue99.pdf]here[/link] in Ofcom's latest broadcast bulletin.

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