A British radio presenter was fired after saying no babies would be born because of ‘everybody being bis and gays’.
Dai Haywood, a host on BRFM in Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent in south Wales, was suspended following the offensive comments that aired in October.
Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, found the quote had breached the broadcasting code.
Haywood, who presented a weekly show featuring rock music from the 50s and 60s, was talking about his granddaughter’s career choice.
He said: ‘Just been talking to Graham about the way, the way the world is going with everybody being bis and gays and, well they say, like Betty was saying; there won’t be no midwives 20 years from now, midwives will be a thing of the past.
‘Cause my granddaughter’s hoping to become a midwife and funny I only said to her yesterday “you’ll be redundant by the time you’re 40, with all the gay people around. There’ll be no reproduction going on”.’
Ofcom launched an investigation and found the comments breached the broadcasting code.
BRFM expressed its ‘deepest apologies’ and said it had permanently suspended Haywood, according to the BBC.
In an on-air apology, Haywood said there was ‘no excuse’ for his comments.
Ofcom said: ‘We considered that the presenter’s statements about homosexual and bisexual people were likely to have been interpreted by listeners as offensive because they were derogatory and stereotypical.’
They added the comments ‘served to reinforce the presenter’s derogatory comments by presenting a negative and stereotyped view on the sexual behaviour of homosexual and bisexual people’.
The regulator said it ‘did not consider the broadcast of this material, which had the potential to cause offense, was justified by the context’.
Author: Joe Morgan