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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Porter takes break from radio show following latest social media storm

ACCUSATIONS: Irish comedian and popular Today FM radio host Al Porter has been accused of inappropriate behaviour and will now face crunch talks with his broadcaster bosses. Photo: David Conachy
ACCUSATIONS: Irish comedian and popular Today FM radio host Al Porter has been accused of inappropriate behaviour and will now face crunch talks with his broadcaster bosses. Photo: David Conachy
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

Broadcaster and comedian Al Porter is to take some "personal time" away from his Today FM radio show in the wake of allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour against the entertainer.

Mr Porter (24) has been accused of improper behaviour towards a number of individuals in incidents, some of which date back several years.

In a statement released last night, a spokesperson for Today FM said: "In light of recent events, Today FM and Al Porter have agreed that Al will take some personal time from his lunchtime radio show. No further comment will be made by Today FM at this time."

Separately, yesterday a source at the broadcaster told the Sunday Independent: "There will be a conversation with Al in the next 24 hours to review the situation.

"He might decide that it is no harm to take a few days off this week in light of all of this, as it might be too difficult to go on air.

"From the station's point of view, there is certainly a need to respond to the situation that is developing online.

"It puts any employer in a very difficult position because people on social media will not be happy until they see a person at the centre of allegations like this go and yet employers have to support staff too, while any allegations are being investigated.

The source continued: "Things move so fast with controversies like this, it's not just by the day, it's by the hour, so it is a matter of seeing how the situation develops."

Meanwhile, TV3 issued a statement last night stating: "TV3 decided it would be inappropriate to broadcast the repeat of the final episode of Blind Date scheduled for this evening (Saturday 18th November). TV3 has no further comment to make at this time."

When contacted, Mr Porter and his representatives were unavailable for comment.

Porter joined Today FM in January and in recent times he has become a household name in Irish comedy. Last year he won the IFTA Rising Star category, while he has also made regular appearances on British comedy shows such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Michael McIntyre's Big Show.

Sunday Independent

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