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Watchdog throws out Ryan radio complaint

Allison Bray

Published 24/07/2009 | 00:00

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Gerry Ryan pictured recently with his daughter. Photo: Getty Images

A COMPLAINT against shock jock Gerry Ryan for calling God "a b*****ks" during an on-air debate about blasphemy was rejected by the State broadcasting watchdog yesterday.

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A re-broadcast of Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" during RTE's 'Nine O'Clock News' was also among the 31 alleged breaches of broadcasting standards that were all thrown out by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCC) last month.

Shane Brady, a 2fm listener, filed a complaint about the use of coarse language on 'The Gerry Ryan Show' on April 29.

The host was discussing the new law on blasphemy when he posed the question: "Would it be considered blasphemous if someone said on air that "God is a b*****ks?".

However, the BCC did not agree and stated that while the presenter "could have chosen a more appropriate word" it was evident, when heard in context, that he said it to generate debate. They also found his remarks were unlikely to cause widespread offence.

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