Decision – Radio Ikhlas Limited
Ofcom has imposed a £10,000 fine on Radio Ikhlas Limited for failing to provide adequate protection for listeners.
The service – a community radio station which is targeted towards the Asian (primarily Pakistani) community and other smaller ethnic communities in the Normanton area of Derby – broadcast hate speech and material containing abusive treatment of the Ahmadiyya community
Under the Broadcasting Code, licensees must not broadcast material which contains uncontextualised hate speech and abusive treatment of groups, religions or communities.
After an investigation (PDF, 959.0 KB), Ofcom concluded that the serious nature of the breaches of the Broadcasting Code warranted the imposition of statutory sanctions. These include a financial penalty and a direction to the broadcaster to broadcast a statement of Ofcom’s findings on a date and in a form to be determined by Ofcom.
The fine of £10,000 will be paid by Radio Ikhlas Limited to HM Paymaster General.