Sunday 17 November 2019

Swearing in Love/Hate clip among complaints to broadcasting watchdog

Charlie Murphy as Siobhan and Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge
Charlie Murphy as Siobhan and Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge

Emma Jane Hade

Swearing in a Love/Hate clip, a claim on a radio show that gay people are "sexual deviants", and complaints about referendum coverage were among issues examined by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) in 2015.

One complainant wrote to the watchdog saying that a clip from RTE's hit crime drama played on Dave Fanning's 2fm on a Saturday morning was "riddled with swearing".

He said his children had been listening when the clip was played.

The complaint was rejected by the BAI with the committee stating that 2fm is a channel targeted at adults, not children, and that the programme itself is not likely to have been of interest to children

Another complaint examined by the BAI was about the Niall Boylan at Night Classic Hits 4fm show where one caller to the phone-in described gay people as "sexual deviants".

It came as part of a discussion over a letter to the show from a listener that objected to a gay man being employed by a creche.

The complainant claimed that the station had "failed in its duty of care and allowed incitement to occur".

The station denied this and said listeners should expect "controversial and extreme opinions" in the show.

The complaint was also among the 29 rejected by the BAI.

A number of complaints made were in relation to brooadcasts about the same sex marriage debate and child and family issues but all were rejected.


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