London Station Cited For Multiple F-Bombs
July 5, 2011 at 3:54 AM (PT)
RINSE FM, an Urban/Dance station for inner LONDON has run afoul of OFCOM code for repeatedly broadcasting songs featuring the F-word, reports RADIOTODAY.UK. A mother of a 12-year old boy complained to the government agency about the number of "F-Bombs" broadcast by the community station -- including five instances within a 10 minute period.
RADIOTODAY wrote, "When approached by OFCOM, RINSE FM accepted that 'some of the language used during the stated broadcast was inappropriate' and unreservedly apologized for any offence it caused to listeners. The station only went on air in February and said its 'compliance function was not fully operational at that time.' The station added that they are currently running seminars for volunteers and presenters to explain the importance of complying with Ofcom rules and regulations, and had issued staff with copies of the Broadcast Code after being alerted to the problem."
OFCOM noted, "Irrespective of the fact that at the time of the complaint the station was less than two months into its five-year licence, we were concerned that RINSE FM management had not detected these incidents before we brought them to their attention, nor briefed all of its presenters about fundamental Code issues such as the broadcast of the most offensive language before allowing them to go to air."