Complaint upheld over BBC DJ’s ‘breastfeeding unnatural’ remark

Breastfeeding: Radio complaint upheld
Breastfeeding: Radio complaint upheld
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Ofcom has upheld 45 complaints against a BBC radio DJ who said on air that breastfeeding in public was “unnatural”.

The broadcasting watchdog found that Alex Dyke’s comments on his BBC Radio Solent show on 12 August were in breach of rule 2.3 of its regulations which states that potentially offensive material must be justified by context.

An Ofcom spokesman said: “The presenter’s statements were highly offensive, stereotyped women who breastfed and were likely to be perceived as misogynistic.

“The BBC took various steps after the broadcast, including the presenter broadcasting an apology, further compliance training for the presenter, and tightening its compliance ­processes. However the presenter had been permitted to broadcast highly offensive comments.”