Ofcom Slaps BBC Over Moyles Bit
March 24, 2009 at 5:40 AM (PT)
OFCOM has ruled that Top 40 BBC RADIO 1 morning host CHRIS MOYLES aired "negative stereotypes based on sexual orientation" when he made fun of former "POP IDOL" winner WILL YOUNG for his homosexuality.
The JANUARY 20th incident involved MOYLES discussing YOUNG's birthday and singing versions of two of YOUNG's hit singles with altered lyrics referring to YOUNG being gay. Among the cited language were the lyrics "gonna wear my new dress tonight... I’ve shaved my legs... Going out later, might go to NOBU for dinner" and "I get camper by the hour, oh would you look at the muck in here." OFCOM's ruling said that the comments were "intended to be humorous" but could reasonably be taken as offensive; the BBC admitted that the comments were unacceptable but had contended that the intent was humorous but not hostile or derogatory.
OFCOM also found community station VIBE 105.3 FM/ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND in breach of the rules for failure to properly record programs. The station had been served with an investigation for fairness on its weekend breakfast show, but the station responded that its logger had failed and the shows in question could not be retrieved.