Ofcom Says Galloway TalkSPORT Show Breached Code
June 23, 2009 at 5:15 AM (PT)
U.K. radio regulator OFCOM has found UTV national Sports-Talk station TALKSPORT in breach of its codes due to segments of controversial politician GEORGE GALLOWAY's talk show in which he urged listeners to attend protests against ISRAEL.
The shows in late 2008 drew 14 complaints over the show's partiality, and the regulator noted GALLOWAY having a few pro-ISRAEL guests (including "JOE THE PLUMBER" WURZELBARCHER) on the show as well as other shows on the station taking a position opposite that of GALLOWAY, which led OFCOM to reject the claims of lack of "due partiality." But GALLOWAY's call for listeners to attend protests, with details of dates, times, and locations, was deemed a breach of Rule 5.11.
OFCOM also rejected complaints that a discussion of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination on JENI BARNETT's GLOBAL RADIO Talk LBC/LONDON show breached the code. The agency decided that the show offered enough views on both sides of the debate.