Decision - Kanshi Radio

25 July 2017

Kanshi Radio is a satellite radio station that provides speech and music programming for the Asian Punjabi speaking community in the UK. The Ofcom licence for Kanshi Radio is held by Kanshi Radio Limited. The Licensee currently holds no other broadcasting licences.

On 1 September 2016 at 00:05, the Licensee broadcast a song Pinky Pinky (“the Song”) in Punjabi, which lasted approximately 11 minutes. The lyrics contained a number of aggressively pejorative references to the Muslim community, and Muslim women in particular.

In Ofcom’s decision (the “Breach Decision”) published on 5 December 2016 in issue 318 of the Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin, Ofcom’s Executive found that the Song constituted hate speech and breached Rules 2.1, 2.3, 3.2 and 3.3 of the Code.

Ofcom’s decision is that the appropriate sanction should be a financial penalty of £17,500 and that the Licensee be directed to broadcast a statement of Ofcom’s findings, on a date and in a form to be decided by Ofcom.

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