Irish Daily Mail

Watchdog says Today FM not impartial in JK debate

- By Helen Bruce

A COMPLAINT that a panellist on a Today FM show described JK Rowling as a ‘transphobi­c bigot’ without challenge, and without any evidence to back this up, has been upheld.

The Broadcasti­ng Authority of Ireland said the complaint related to a weekly radio panel discussion on the Last Word with Matt Cooper in September last year.

It said the complainan­t believed the accusation against the Harry Potter author was very serious, and that the segment lacked balance, impartiali­ty or objectivit­y.

Today FM countered that its panellist, who was not identified, was entitled to express their opinion on a part of the programme that requires guests to have a view on the topics being discussed.

In its ruling, the watchdog said that although the content of the panel discussion was quite lightheart­ed in nature, it was about a current-affairs topic and therefore was subject to the requiremen­ts set out in the Code of Fairness, Objectivit­y and Impartiali­ty in News and Current Affairs.

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Criticised: JK Rowling

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