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Presenter did not break broadcasting rules with 'c**k socket' comment

The radio station held a competition for the best name for female genitalia – and one listener did not approve.

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A RADIO PRESENTER who described female genitalia as a ‘c**k socket’ did not breach broadcasting rules, according to a decision on a complaint made by a listener.

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland received a complaint from a man who was listening to iRadio’s ‘Cracked’ show with his daughter in the car. Between songs, the presenter said there was a competition for different names for female genitalia. He then stated he had a good one – “it’s a c**k socket!”.

The complainant said that, as a station aimed at younger audiences, he believes this language was completely unacceptable. He also claimed such content would encourage the degradation of women as objects of use for men.

The man had first taken his complaint to the radio station but they said it went straight into their spam folder because of the words contained in the email.

In its decision the BAI noted that the segment that was subject to the complaint was aired at 11.30pm and that it carries a strong warning at the top of each hour to tell listeners it contains adult content.

The committee rejected the complaint, stating that while some listeners would likely have been offended, the content did not infringe the requirement to show respect for general community standards.

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