Radio show’s punani joke not very funny
A RADIO station which played songs containing the word “f*ck” defended themselves by saying it is part of normal local speech.
Brick FM also defended use of the word “punani” — denying it means “vagina” and insisting it’s an Italian sandwich made with cheese and tomato.
The Scottish radio station landed itself in hot water after broadcasting songs with the offending words in an afternoon reggae show.
They argued it had “the right to use the commonly spoken word which is not considered offensive locally” and claimed watchdog Ofcom was “unfamiliar with our local dialect”.
Brick FM said “f*ck” is “a commonly-used word” in Scotland, as a description of “when something goes wrong or if people get angry or upset”.
The station also claimed a punani was a “sandwich sold locally and is made of Italian bread with cheese and tomato, heated up”.
The term had been used in the song More Punani by Dr Evil.
But Ofcom said Brick FM’s Feb 23 broadcast “clearly had the potential to offend”.
The regulator added that punani “was clearly used in this song as an urban slang word meaning vagina”.
Ofcom are considering further action.