February 5, 2013 by Colin Kelly
Some interesting comments from Bill Leckie in his Scottish Sun column this morning. I often enjoy his writing but find myself disagreeing with him on this one.
He talked about the Australian ‘Kate Middleton Hoax’ DJs and made the point that although they won’t face charges in relation to the incident, what they did was beyond the pale and that there’s a fair amount of crap on the radio broadcast by people with a bit of growing up to do who don’t really think about the consequences or care about anyone else.
So far, Bill and I are in complete agreement.
But this is where we differ. He then went on to criticise, by name, 2 presenters on the Scottish Capital FM. Their crime? Some sexual innuendo on the breakfast show. A bit of chat about relationships, a phrase they used when discussing Beyonce’s Superbowl performance, comments about David Beckham and a story about one of the female presenter’s ex boyfriends.
Everyone has their own tastes but in my book, it was pretty tame stuff and reasonably acceptable for an 8am listen. It was certainly in keeping with other radio programmes in that time slot and the lyrical content of most hit songs these days and I’d be astounded if the station received any complaints about what was said.
But Bill says he found it objectionable as he was in the car listening with his daughter at the time. He then made some comments in his column about the lack of regulation radio is subject to. I’d point out that stations have no choice as to whether they comply with the OFCOM code and face fines or even the loss of their licence for serious breaches. I know a lot of people who would like a similar method of regulation for tabloid newspapers.
So Bill’s not keen on his daughter hearing about David Beckham’s backside on the radio but presumably OK with working for a newspaper that displays a picture every day of a woman with her tits out.
I’m not sure I understand how these two views can sit side by side but it would be a very boring world if we all thought the same.