XFM’s breakfast show with Tim Cocker in Manchester is to be investigated by radio regulator Ofcom.
An investigation by Ofcom does not necessarily mean the broadcaster has done anything wrong and not all investigations result in breaches of the licence or other regulatory requirements being recorded.
Ofcom says the show being investigated is January 27th 2015 – the date which presenter Tim Cocker said sorry via Twitter for ‘inappropriate content’ during an item which discussed people with Down Syndrome, and how Tim used to laugh at people with the condition when he was two.
The story was told by Tim’s mum, who said she was “beside herself with embarrassment”, in a pre-recorded call which was broadcast at 8:45am today.
Tim was unaware of the content of the call due to the nature of the feature, but has offered his apologies on Twitter.
A post on the station’s Facebook page said: “They were talking about embarrassing stories your mum could say. Tim Cockers mum came on and said, “when he was younger he used to laugh at disabled people. He went to Thorpe Park once and there was a coach load of Down syndrome adults and he laughed his head off, pointing and shouting haha!! Look at that man’s funny face”. To which the two djs laughed hysterically. Dead funny.”
One reply on Twitter said: “You should offer your resignation. We as a family will be pursuing a complaint through @Ofcom”
An Xfm Manchester spokesperson told RadioToday at the time: “We are very sorry about this morning’s show. The content was completely inappropriate.”
Ofcom has also announced today it is launching an investigation into Rishtey TV’s sponsorship of Lyca
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