Capital’s Roman Kemp in trouble for repeated swear words

Capital has been found in breach of two Ofcom rules for broadcasting a pre-recorded offensive item twice in the same breakfast show.

Content with the offensive language, (an F bomb), was broadcast in a segment at 6.10am, to which the breakfast presenter apologised for.

The exact same content, a prank call, was then broadcast again at 8.15 followed by a similar apology.

At approximately 6.30 Roman Kemp said: “Just a quick note just to apologise on our behalf if you heard any bad language during Don’t Hang Up this morning. Just so that’s an apology on our behalf for any bad language you may have heard this morning”.

Then at approximately 8.30, immediately after the second broadcast of Don’t Hang Up, Roman Kemp said: “Well I just want to say just really quickly, I’m so sorry for any bad language that you heard inside that Don’t Hang Up. It does get quite intense in there sometimes, it really does. But yes, apologies on our behalf for that one”.

Global said the item was repeated due to a technical issue.

The Licensee has since outlined new measures introduced to prevent a recurrence. It told Ofcom that two producers who had not been involved in recording each prank will now listen to the original audio to edit out any offensive language, and the Executive Producer and the Senior Executive Producer for the Capital Breakfast show will listen to the final edited version before the audio is uploaded to the system.

The station has been found in breach of Rule 1.14, which states that the most offensive language must not be broadcast on radio when children are particularly likely to be listening, and Rule 2.3 for generally accepted standards.

A Capital spokesperson told RadioToday: “It is apparent from reading the full Ofcom enquiry that the Capital Breakfast team were wholly apologetic about this incident from the moment it happened. Due measures have been taken to prevent such from happening again.”

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11 Comments
  1. PC in Spain says

    Global seem to need more and more ‘review producers’ what with Roman Kemp for Capital and Steve Allen on LBC, wonder if they move from studio to studio to save money?

    Or maybe they have their own office and can hack in to review as it goes?

    So who has taken their eye off the ball then? Care to comment Ashley? The buck stops just there Guv!

  2. Lee says

    So are there a sanctiins fior Global? Global have form with this type of breach. They let the ‘F’ word go out on a pre-record of the Capital FM Summertime ball (spoken by Miley Cyrus) about three years ago and nothing was done. There would be a large-scale fine if this was a smaller community radio station. Double standards in my view. Where’s the comment from Ashley? You only ever hear from him when he’s brought and closing down a heritage radio happy in the knowledge that he’s making more people redundant or when he’s praising the dubious RAJAR listening figures..

    1. mb23 says

      On the other hand, who cares? An apology was given, and I’m sure the 15-24 year olds listening to this station are not offended by the odd F word.

      1. Bradley W says

        Somebody complains about the “F” bomb yet the word “shit” is acceptable in the daytime now. Stormzy’s Crown and AJ Tracey’s Ladbroke Grove. Both BBCR1 and Capital play them. The mind boggles.

  3. Darren Plumpton says

    Would somebody please explain to me how do RAJAR get their listener records from?
    How do they know how many people are listening to any one particular station at any given time?
    When I listen to pop/rock music stations I go from one station to another finding my favourite songs.
    How do they know a radio station’s listenership?

    1. Ade says

      I understand they have a body of listeners who have to keep a radio diary of their listening, (hopefully this is online) and the info is extrapolated quarterly to provide the RAJAR figures. Something like that but don’t quote me 🙂

      1. David green says

        I’ve actually been on this panel. It’s a different panel weekly, and the diary is kept online.

        It was strangely satisfying to know that it is actually real research being carried out!

  4. Joe Smith says

    Crapital Radio strikes again.

  5. Radio Producer says

    “It told Ofcom that two producers who had not been involved in recording each prank will now listen to the original audio to edit out any offensive language, and the Executive Producer and the Senior Executive Producer for the Capital Breakfast show will listen to the final edited version before the audio is uploaded to the system”.

    Good grief….How many ‘Producers’ do these children need ??
    Not doing a very good job are they ?

    1. James C says

      It’s 2019 and they’re still doing prank calls? Geez!

  6. Lee says

    Is there any comment yet from Ashley over this incident? I doubt it!

    By the way, if RAJAR figures are based iin the reportjng of a panel of people identifying what they listen to (how does RAJAR know the account is true as the panel could report they are listening to a station but really be listening to somethung else) then it needs a major overhaul as the figures are open to question without a quality check. Surely there must be an alternative and automatic way of calculating listenership by digital means. Perhaps someone from RAJAR can enlighten us. Who would want to pay to be part of such an archaok system. I suppose the big groups will as long as the figures say what the big boys want as long as it supports the saving of movey.

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