Betar Bangla Radio’s Children’s Hour is hot water with Ofcom after the breach
A children’s radio show is trouble with Ofcom after its nine-year-old presenters played an unedited version of a Meek Mill track.
The regulatory body received a complaint from a parent after east London station Betar Bangla Radio broadcast Mill’s track ‘My Mind Is Gone’, which contains 53 swear words during its weekly ‘Children’s Hour’ show.
The programme’s young hosts were responding to a request from a caller and were reportedly unaware of the track’s inappropriate lyrics.
According to Radio Today, an investigation found that the adult producer overseeing the show had gone on a toilet break at the time.
A spokesman for Ofcom said: “This programme breached broadcasting rules after it played a song which included highly offensive language, at a time when children would have been listening.
“We also found the licensee failed to take appropriate care to protect the child presenter and child guest who were left unsupervised in the studio and were therefore exposed to unsuitable language.”
The station’s license holders expressed their “sincere apologies” for “very unfortunate lapse on our part”.
In February, Mill was convicted of breaking his parole conditions and placed under house arrest. He released two EPs in January, ‘4/4’ and ‘4/4 Part 2’, and is expected to drop the forth mixtape in his ‘Dreamchasers’ series later this year.