The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has censured OceanFM, the North West’s local radio station, over a broadcast of the programme Sunday Spirit on 8th July 2012, finding that the station breached the rules on Fairness, Objectivity & Impartiality.
What is it all about? Back on 8 July, the morning broadcast consisted of a “discussion” on abortion between a woman from Youth Offence and the presenter.
The programme theoretically discussed whether abortion law in Ireland needed to be changed but both interviewee, and interviewer were as one in rejecting the idea. No effort was made to put forward any contrary arguments. Alas, not all Western residents are disciples of Dana and a complaint was made to the BAI. OceanFM's initial response was that religious programmes were not bound by the rules on Fairness!
The BAI were not convinced referring to the presenter as clearly lacking in fairness, objectivity and impartiality.
A statement regarding the complaint decision will be aired on Sunday, 11th November at the beginning of the programme Sunday Spirit.