Global has taken the decision to remove a song from the Gold playlist after a complaint was made to Ofcom.
One person complained about offensive language in the music track Melting Pot by Blue Mink. No introduction to the track was broadcast, or any other content discussing it.
Global said the lyrics – which include references to yellow Chinkies”, “Red Indian boy”, “curly Latin kinkies” and “coffee-coloured people” – would not be acceptable on a mainstream radio station.
However, it said that Gold’s position as a “station well-known and loved for its playlist of hits from the 60s and 70s” meant that the track was unlikely to cause offence to its audience.
Ofcom agreed, acknowledging that the track had been permanently deleted from Gold’s playlist, and resolved the complaint.
The song was played during The Music Marathon on the 27th of May 2019 at 12:45pm.