Monday 23 October 2017

5 Live slammed over Rage swearing

Rage Against The Machine swore live on air
Rage Against The Machine swore live on air

BBC station Radio 5 Live has been criticised by the broadcasting watchdog for letting the US band Rage Against The Machine swear four times on the breakfast show before they were faded out by a producer.

The rock group were interviewed in a live link from the US in December as their song, Killing In The Name, raced to No 1 in the UK charts backed by a Facebook campaign to stop X Factor victor Joe McElderry clinching the Christmas top spot.

After the interview, frontman Zack de la Rocha sang the lyrics "F*** you, I won't do what you tell me" four times while performing Killing In The Name before the track was faded out by the show's producers.

Ofcom said apologies given by the BBC, the measures it had taken to prevent such an incident and the reassurances it had received from the band beforehand meant the issue had been resolved.

But it said it was "concerned... that the programme's producers were well aware in advance that the original lyrics contained very strong language".

Listeners heard presenter Shelagh Fogarty saying "Get rid of it" as the song, first released in 1992, was faded out.

The BBC accepted the language "was neither appropriate nor justified on a morning programme on Radio 5 Live".

The BBC said it accepted there was a degree of risk in asking the band to perform live but had taken reasonable steps to minimise it.

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