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Radio 1 censured by Ofcom for broadcasting 'offensive' Foo Fighters track during breakfast show

Track 'Something From Nothing' containing two swear words was broadcast in November

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Radio 1 has been censured by media watchdog Ofcom after a Foo Fighters track that contained two swear words was played on Nick Grimshaw’s breakfast show.

The live session recording of ‘Something From Nothing’ was played at 7:55am on November 6 2014, after being originally broadcast the previous night when the band were in session with Zane Lowe at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios.

Lyrics from the track, which was recorded for current album ‘Sonic Highways’, included: "You can't make me change my name, never make me change my name, pay no mind, now ain't that something. Fuck it all! I came from nothing."

Nick Grimshaw apologised for the mistake within 10 minutes of the track being broadcast, stating: "We must apologise for the swear words that went out in that Foo Fighters live track, so apologies if any offence was taken during that."

A spokesman for the station added: "We take these situations seriously and having looked into it, unfortunately the track was played due to human error. The presenters apologised after the record was broadcast, and we are very sorry for any offence caused."

Ofcom has acknowledged that an apology was broadcast by the station but found that it was in breach of Rule 1.14 of its broadcasting code, which reads: "The most offensive language must not be broadcast... when children are particularly likely to be listening."

The BBC responded that it was “highly unusual” for the offensive language not to be flagged up and that Radio 1 staff had since been reminded of the importance of abiding by broadcasting rules.

Foo Fighters are currently on a world tour in support of 'Sonic Highways'. The band will come to the UK for five dates in March, with support from Iggy Pop and Royal Blood.
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