Offensive language on Scarborough DAB station
A DAB-only station in Scarborough has been found in breach of its licence for allowing offensive language on-air during a Motown Hour.
A listener alerted Ofcom to offensive language from the presenter on Coast and County Radio at around 11:16am as the presenter muttered “fu*k it” when people talking outside the studio were picked up on the microphone.
The station told Ofcom the language on this occasion, whilst inexcusable, was due to an unintentional and unfortunate lapse of concentration by an experienced presenter, with no intent to offend. It said all presenters have been given a copy of Ofcom’s guidance on offensive language on radio with a clear warning that this type of incident will not be tolerated.
Ofcom pointed out there was no apology broadcast after the incident, and said the broadcast of this language was not justified by the context so found the station in breach of the broadcasting code.