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Ofcom clamps down on explicit radio lyrics


By John Glenday, Reporter

November 1, 2011 | 1 min read

Ofcom has rebuked radio broadcaster over their negligence in policing explicit lyrics following several recent breaches of the broadcasting code.

Convening a meeting with commercial stations and the BBC the regulator reminded the stations of their obligation to obey the rules.

This followed an incident in May when BBC Radio 1 broadcast a Black Eyed Peas concert in which several expletives were uttered – although the BBC was found to be not in breach in this case as it had issued warnings to performers and listeners beforehand.

Another station to fall foul of the rules, Brick FM community radio, was hauled in after it spun an explicit reggae record at three o clock in the afternoon.

At present rules bar the broadcast of inappropriate and offensive language in the morning and early evening.


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