Ofcom has started an investigation into the Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio 90s.
The show under question, which is also broadcast across the Absolute Radio network, was broadcast on Thursday 8th February.
The regulator is looking into one part of the show – a comment made by Christian about Anne Frank. An investigation launched under the Procedures for investigating breaches of content standards does not mean the broadcaster has done anything wrong. Not all investigations result in breaches of the codes, rules, licence conditions or other regulatory requirements being recorded.
Christian O’Connell regrets the comment, and told RadioToday: “I do a live show four hours a day and, sometimes, one says something and one instantly regrets it. This was that. As soon as I’d said it, I knew it wasn’t acceptable. I genuinely apologise to everyone who was upset by my comments. I was wrong.
“My show is national across the UK and I go out of my way to make it an inclusive show for all, which is why this is so regrettable. I hope this apology can be taken in the manner that it is truly meant”.
Christian is leaving Absolute Radio for a new life and career in Australia, as previously reported by RadioToday here.