Thursday 21 November 2019

No action over BBC rape comments

The comments were made during a live radio debate about Ched Evans
The comments were made during a live radio debate about Ched Evans

No further action will be taken over a BBC radio presenter who said women should ''keep their knickers on'' while discussing convicted rapist and footballer Ched Evans, broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has announced.

Nick Conrad, a talk show host on BBC Radio Norfolk, made the comments during a live debate about the former Sheffield United striker, who provoked an outcry when he initially returned to train with the club.

Ofcom examined whether his comments breached ''content standards'' after 46 listeners complained.

It said the presenter's comments "were offensive" and were "not justified by the context of the show" but the BBC had taken steps to limit the offence.

The BBC - and Mr Conrad - apologised for his remarks, after he said : ''I think women need to be more aware of a man's sexual desire that when you're in that position that you are about to engage in sexual activity there's a huge amount of energy in the male body, there's a huge amount of will and intent, and it's very difficult for many men to say no when they are whipped up into a bit of a storm.''

He also said: ''What I'm trying to say is that women also have to understand that when a man's given certain signals he'll wish to act upon them and if you don't wish to give out the wrong signals, it's best, probably, to keep your knickers on and not get into bed with him. Does that make sense?''

An Ofcom spokesman said: "Ofcom investigated comments made by presenter Nick Conrad that victims of rape could be 'partially responsible' for the crime committed against them, in relation to news about convicted rapist Ched Evans.

"Having carefully reviewed all the material, Ofcom found Conrad's comments were offensive and weren't justified by the context of the show.

"However, the BBC took steps to limit offence in the programme by including a significant live contribution from a representative of the End Violence Against Women Coalition and Conrad subsequently apologised on air for the comments. As a result, we consider the matter resolved."

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