Jacaranda FM fined over bestiality comment

2014-07-21 13:25

Jacaranda FM has been fined R5 000 after a presenter made remarks about an incident of bestiality.

“We have, accordingly, decided to impose a fine of R5 000 payable on or before August 30 2014,” said Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) chairperson Professor Kobus van Rooyen.

A listener from Nelspruit lodged a complaint after presenter Ron Olivier, reading comments from listeners about their embarrassing moments at work, relayed a message from a man who caught his cook in the kitchen “making out with a chicken”.

The complaint was that there were schoolchildren in the car when the remark was made.

“He [Olivier] thought that it was very funny but I think it is totally unacceptable to make such jokes during the day with such a young audience listening.

“I had to explain to the children what he meant by ‘making out with a chicken’,” said the complainant, who wanted the presenter suspended with immediate effect and the station to apologise on air.

Van Rooyen said the broadcaster responded that the presenter had exercised poor judgment, but that, in his defence, he had not belaboured the issue and was reading a comment he had received. The presenter reportedly resigned, he said.

The commission concluded that the Broadcasting Code had been contravened, said Van Rooyen.

“We have, however, decided that this kind of contravention should clearly be discouraged and that a mere reprimand would not have the effect a fine would have.

“We have, accordingly, decided to impose a fine of R5 000.”

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