Kane FM in breach over offensive comments

Ofcom has found Guildford’s Kane FM in breach of the Code over potentially highly offensive comments made during one of its shows.

A complaint was made about a birthday dedication broadcast during the Dirty Retro show. The presenter said, “18 today. That’s [name]…Happy birthday to [name]. Have a good one. And, oh, 18. And, ‘can I have as special shout-out to my girlfriend? She’s had our first baby at 15’. Congratulations, [name]”.

The presenter then went on to say, “If they’re old enough to breed, they’re old enough to bleed. Although, that’s not good, is it? When there’s grass on the wicket, let’s play cricket. All those sort of things, but, you know, yeah. Good luck to you”.

Kane FM apologised for “the improper actions and offence caused by the presenter”. They acknowledged “the extreme inappropriateness of the presenter’s comments”, which they considered to have been unjustified and deeply offensive. It added that the presenter was a professional DJ, but would not be offered future employment by the station.

They also said, “the station’s manual containing Ofcom codes of conduct relating to radio broadcast is given to all presenters, and volunteers”. An internal investigation was being conducted to identify and address concerns arising from this incident.

Ofcom felt the presenter appeared to condone the possibility of sex with underage girls. This had the clear potential to be highly offensive, and for the second comment they considered such statements were likely to have been well beyond the expectations of listeners to the station and to a programme of this type.

After taking into account both the presenter’s regret for what they had said, and the action taken by the station to avoid any recurrence, Ofcom decided that broadcasting these potentially highly offensive comments was not justified by the context and was therefore in breach of Rule 2.3 of the Code.

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6 Comments
  1. Joe Smith says

    Who on earth wants to listen to a station producing such utter garbage?

  2. Fred says

    Name and shame the presenter, who on earth wants to employ him/her in the future.

  3. Kev says

    Hmmm, station manual given but rarely read.

  4. Iain Elsey says

    As a local resident in Guildford I have always wondered why this group were given an OFCOM licence and I only listened one or two times and was not impressed. To be honest I don’t know anyone who has listened. Therefore amazed OFCOM have had a complaint. Lets hope they remove their licence and we can have a community licence for the local community and not one which is narrow cast to a minority audience and therefore leaving the rest of the community unserved. I recall their breakfast presenter had no idea what RAJAR meant and I gave up at this point!

  5. Adam Knight says

    To Iain Elsey: Why shouldn’t they have a license? I am certainly not condoning these comments, but Kane are actually a very community focused organisation that provide lots of support for local disinfranchised youth. They raise lots of money for charity, and provide something a bit different in the cascade of boring MOR stations available from the Hogs Back antenna. Sure maybe the music isn’t to your taste, most of it isn’t to mine either, but that doesn’t mean they should have their license taken away. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if people like you were in charge… “and welcome to yet another Cliff Richard hour on Guildford’s brand new BORE FM… absolutely no music made after 1986, or black people allowed!”.

  6. Martin 1876 says

    Andrew Knight sir. VERY WELL SAID. and just for the record live in Middlesbrough and love Kane FM via Radioplayer. Its a breath of fresh air to Smooth Heart Capital and the Bauer city 1 and 2 stations (TFM and TFM2). This Rinse and Solar are on my faves list.

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