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'News: EMAP plc Apologises To Ofcom For "KISS FM" Breakfast Show Complaints Resulting In Record £175,000 Fine' by Grant Goddard

'News: EMAP plc Apologises To Ofcom For "KISS FM" Breakfast Show Complaints Resulting In Record £175,000 Fine' by Grant Goddard

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News story about an apology to UK media regulator Ofcom by UK media owner EMAP plc concerning listener complaints about the 'KISS FM' breakfast show that led to a record £175,000 fine, written by Grant Goddard in June 2006 for The Radio Magazine.

News story about an apology to UK media regulator Ofcom by UK media owner EMAP plc concerning listener complaints about the 'KISS FM' breakfast show that led to a record £175,000 fine, written by Grant Goddard in June 2006 for The Radio Magazine.

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NEWS: EMAP PLC APOLOGISES TO OFCOM FOR 'KISS FM' BREAKFAST SHOW COMPLAINTS RESULTING IN RECORD £175,000 FINE

by GRANT GODDARD

www.grantgoddard.co.uk June 2006

EMAP plc has had to apologise for a series of complaints about the content of the 'Kiss FM’ breakfast show with former host Bam Bam that resulted in a record £175,000 fine by Ofcom. In its defence, EMAP told the regulator that “some of the compliance failures could be put down to the preparation for their consolidation with Scottish Radio Holdings [plc], since their main focus was on this, rather than compliance of the station’s output.” EMAP also told Ofcom that “the commercial radio sector had had a difficult financial year and any substantial fine, on top of the losses they had already incurred for terminated contracts, would only mean that providing compelling programming would be harder.” Ofcom rejected these explanations and decided that EMAP had exhibited “a total inability of management to impose structures to ensure that there was adequate compliance with Ofcom’s Codes” and “had little control or sight of local management and was not seeing any warning signs until it was too late.” Ofcom concluded that “the Licensee was unable to manage its ‘talent’ and the result was the termination of a number of contracts of on- and off-air staff” and “the largest financial penalty that has ever been imposed on a commercial radio station”.  The BBC has apologised for a spoof news item broadcast in 'Radio Two’s Jeremy Vine show which told listeners that Soham killer Ian Huntley had been murdered in his prison cell and that his killer would receive an award from the Queen. A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Police, which investigated the Soham murders four years ago, criticised the BBC for being "irresponsible" and said: "We have been put in the position of having to contact the families of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman to let them know that the item was intended to illustrate a debate on tabloid journalism and was not true.” The fake news was part of a discussion on what would happen if the UK was run by tabloid news editors. Vine apologised afterwards for “any offence this may have caused”.

[First published in 'The Radio Magazine' as 'Kiss And R2 Apologise', #742, 28 June 2006]

Grant Goddard is a media analyst / radio specialist / radio consultant with thirty years of experience in the broadcasting industry, having held senior management and consultancy roles within the commercial media sector in the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. Details at http://www.grantgoddard.co.uk

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