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Tequila fuelled show axed

The University of Glasgow has suspended a Sunday show on student station Subcity, after featuring a litre of tequila, numerous swear words and explicit discussions on sexual activities.

The ‘Party Party’ show, broadcast for on hour on Sunday night at 9pm, has been suspended while the station manager carries out an investigation.

During the show, the presenters repeatedly encouraged listeners to drink a shot of spirits for every tune they played – but they did promote responsible drinking website Drinkaware once.

One broadcaster told the tale of how he had threatened violence against a group of men he suspected of throwing drink at him in an Edinburgh club, where he considered using a knife or spanner.

Ofcom do not have any control over the station as it is broadcast on the internet and outside of the regulators jurisdiction, however the article on the [link=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8575575.stm]BBC News website[/link] says Subcity “operates its own code of conduct which closely mirrors Ofcom's broadcasting code".

A statement from the station continued: "If the contents of this particular programme are found to have breached the station's code, disciplinary action will be taken."

The University of Glasgow is reportedly waiting to see what sanctions Subcity impose on the braodcasters and has not ruled out action under its own disciplinary procedures.

Tim Dye, chair of the Student Radio Association, said he had listened to the programme and the content was "inappropriate".

"Unfortunately when you give creativity and freedom to some people they run off with it. …. You shouldn't judge student radio from this. … There are a lot of our members making such high quality audio out there."

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