Ofcom investigation for Radio Norfolk's Nick Conrad

Ofcom has launched an investigation on BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad after numerous complaints were made against him.

They relate to his programme on 17th November 2014, for which Nick apologied for a few days later, where he said women should “keep their knickers on” during a live debate about former Sheffield United striker and convicted rapist Ched Evans.

In today’s Broadcast Bulletin, Ofcom lists Nick under the “Investigations launched under the Procedures for investigating breaches of content standards for television and radio” content.

Nick 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.

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.”

Posted on Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 12:12 pm by RadioToday

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