London alternative radio station XFM gets record punishment for discussing bestiality at breakfast...

XFM has been fined #50,000 by the Radio Authority for broadcasting a breakfast show discussion on bestiality.

It’s the largest fine ever imposed by the authority and comes with a warning that XFM will be stripped of its licence should it offend again.

Complaints were made after a breakfast show DJ discussed sex with pigs and used “crude and offensive” language on air.

A statement from the Radio Authority read: “All the members of the authority were apalled by the broadcast of such obscene and unacceptable material, particularly at breakfast time.

“In the event of any further serious breaches it will consider a further range of sanctions which may call into question the continuation of XFM’s licence.”

A spokesperson for XFM told NME: “We regret the incident and the fine. “We have to take this very seriously, the threat of losing our licence is very very serious.

“We are trying to make sure this sort of thing never happens again, but I can’t really comment beyond that.”

It’s not the first time XFM has been fined by the Radio Authority. In October 1998, the station was ordered to pay #4,000 after failing to comply with the conditions of its licence. It followed a capital-wide campaign against a perceived ‘dumbing down’ of the station’s playlist after it was taken over by London MOR station Capital Radio .