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Ofcom’s seven biggest radio complaints

by RadioToday UK
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Following recent complaints made to Ofcom, here’s one of our regular eRADIO features.. listing “seven things”.

Here are the top seven most complained about radio shows to Ofcom since 2004.

7. Steve Penk at Breakfast – The Revolution 96.2FM

57 complains for his breakfast show on 14 January 2010. The day of the famous jumper. In breach.

6. Jonathan Ross – BBC Radio 2

No, not that complaint with Russell Brand. This was something else. May 9th 2009 when Ross made a joke about a Hannah Montana prize. 61 people thought it was a dig at gays. Not upheld.

5. Adrian Durham – talkSPORT

Listeners concerned about derogatory / xenophobic comments during a discussion on England’s failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup, and references to the two winning countries for 2018 and 2022, Russia and Qatar. 95 complaints. December 2010, not upheld.

4. Danny Kelly – talkSPORT

Listeners objected to the presenter calling former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez a “nonce”, on the basis of that term often being used as a slang word for a paedophile. 140 complaints. 8th January 2011. Not upheld.

3. Jeni Barnett LBC 97.3

Ofcom received 190 complaints regarding a discussion about a parent’s right to not give their child the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (“MMR”) vaccination. The complaint wasn’t upheld. 7th January 2009.

2. Busta Rhymes “Arab Money” – Galaxy Birmingham

Presenter Steve Sutherland was suspended after 229 people complained about hearing offensive lyrics in a new Busta Rhymes on 29th November 2008. Complaint was eventually not upheld.

1. Russell Brand / Jonathan Ross – BBC Radio 2

Yes – who can forget that incident. 18th October 2008. This wasn’t just upheld, Ofcom fined the BBC £150,000 for the phone call which resulted in a number of good and talented people losing their jobs. 1939 complaints.

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