Radio Matryoshka in breach for offensive language

Russian language service Radio Matryoshka has been found in breach of Ofcom rules for offensive language in a song.

The London DAB station played the “Touch Down (Remix)” music track by Stylo G (feat. Fanatix & Nicki Minaj), which contained the following lyrics:

“She wan’ give me the vagina”.

“I don’t fuck with the middle man low ranks”.

“Ride the dick good when mi man reach”.

Ofcom investigated the station to find out more.

Licence owner Matreshka Media said that it did not consider the word vagina to be “a swearword” but on reflection, it accepted that “the word may have – and apparently has – been deemed offensive by someone, most likely because of the context in which it was used…”

The Licensee said that it had removed the song from the playlist “even before any complaints were made” and did not comment on the use of the other language.

Matreshka Media also apologised and explained that the incident was an accidental oversight. The Licensee said that it had not intended to cause offence and it had now ‘tightened up’ its playlist selection and scheduling procedure to prevent future incidents from occurring.

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7 Comments
  1. Michael Bolton says

    Licencee response seems to be a “We don’t really care” maybe because they seem larger players treat complaints with such low regard. Behaviour breeds behaviour.

  2. Mr Boltar says

    I’m not sure vagina was the swear word they were worried about tbh.

    And why is a russian station playing british urban rubbish anyway? I’d have thought the listeners would have wanted something more eastern european otherwise they could just tube in to Capital, Kiss or whoever.

  3. Ron Dobbyn says

    You wouldn’t hear songs like that on BBC Radio London.

  4. Bradley W says

    Basically to all community stations. Playlists should be vetted constantly. Stop letting the untrained and inexperience numpty load music onto your playout PC.

    1. Bradley W says

      I should also read more closely :D. This is not a community station. That’s my own numpty comment coming back to bite me on the bum.

  5. David says

    There are some great community stations that are well run. However, there are lots of cases where too many people have access to the music databases and that’s where the issues can start. Songs have to be optimised for broadcast, levels and edits, in and out points set. Too often songs are just put in without this taking place.

    Checking lyrics is crucial, lyrics are readily available online, also listening to the songs is also important. Best policy with unsigned artists is to only play their music if they send in a copy of the lyrics too.

    1. Mr Boltar says

      “Songs have to be optimised for broadcast, levels and edits, in and out points set.”

      Really? So what happened when someone just stuck on vinyl or a CD and pressed play then? Or is using a fader considered old fashioned now?

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