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The writer JK Rowling was subject of contentious remark on Today FM's The Last Word

The writer JK Rowling was subject of contentious remark on Today FM's The Last Word

'The Last Word' presenter Matt Cooper. Photo: Steve Humphreys

'The Last Word' presenter Matt Cooper. Photo: Steve Humphreys

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The writer JK Rowling was subject of contentious remark on Today FM's The Last Word

To have a complaint upheld by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is not that easy. Of the 10 complaints considered by the BAI in its latest report, only one was sustained by the so-called compliance committee. That was against Today FM for a segment last September on Matt Cooper’s drivetime show, The Last Word.

On the programme, an unnamed panellist described Harry Potter author JK Rowling as a “transphobic bigot” after she expressed support for a researcher who’d been sacked for daring to suggest biological sex was real, rather than a matter of how one happens to feel, or ‘identify’.


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