Q Radio in trouble for offensive language
Q Radio in Belfast has apologised to Ofcom for playing a song with offensive language.
The station played the non-radio edit of Pillowtalk by Zayn Malik around 2.30pm on a Saturday afternoon, which contains two uses of the F word. One listener made a complaint about it to the regulator.
The station explained to Ofcom that offensive language would usually be identified and edited before broadcast. However on this occasion, the song had been downloaded from a service that did not identify that it contained explicit lyrics.
The Licensee advised that after the song had been broadcast, the presenter contacted the programme manager and the song was “immediately edited” to remove the two offensive words. The Licensee added that the presenter had not apologised
to listeners following the broadcast of the song. However, it stated that as a result of this incident, it had reinforced its guidance to all presenters that “if offensive language appears on air…that they are to apologise to listeners at the earliest possible opportunity”.
Ofcom says the station has breached Rule 1.14 of the Broadcasting Code.