Kanshi Radio fined £17,500 for Pinky Pinky

Kanshi Radio has been fined £17,500 for airing potentially offensive and harmful content.

The satellite radio station played the song Pinky Pinky in Punjabi, which lasted approximately 11 minutes. The lyrics contained a number of aggressively pejorative references to the Muslim community, and Muslim women in particular.

One listener complained about hearing the song, which, when translated from Punjabi, included the words c*ck, c*nt, s*it, f*ck, mother*ucker, b*tch, b*stard, t*ts and more.

An apology was broadcast shortly after the event.

Ofcom found that the Song constituted hate speech and breached Rules 2.1, 2.3, 3.2 and 3.3 of the Code late last year.

Ofcom’s decision is that the appropriate sanction should be a financial penalty of £17,500 and that the Licensee be directed to broadcast a statement of Ofcom’s findings, on a date and in a form to be decided by Ofcom.

Kanshi Radio provides speech and music programming for the Asian Punjabi speaking community in the UK on Sky 0205. The Ofcom licence for Kanshi Radio is held by Kanshi Radio Limited and the Licensee currently holds no other broadcasting licences.

Posted on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 at 11:17 am by RadioToday

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4 Comments

  1. Peter says

    Now you’ve got that stuck in my head, I’ll be singing that all day.

  2. fred says

    Tell me again why they got the licence?

  3. Radio Geordie says

    Makes you wonder how Ofcom works when a community radio station’s licence in Sheffield could be revoked for ‘accidently’ playing out something similar. Yet this station only effectively gets a slapped wrist. No wonder people think this regulator is a joke – bring back the IBA.

  4. peter stanley says

    Radio Geordie the Sheffield radio station broadcast a number of controversial lectures over a month whereas the above station broadcast ONE 11 minute song and it cost them a £17,500 fine, I would say there is a large difference.

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