MediaCorp fined $6,300 for DJ's on-air vulgarity

MediaCorp fined $6,300 for DJ's on-air vulgarity
Joe Augustine (right) recognises his lapse in judgment and he has apologised unreservedly on air.

SINGAPORE - MediaCorp has been slapped with a $6,300 fine for its deejay's use of a derogatory term on air.

On March 20 and 21, Class 95FM's Morning Express radio deejay Joe Augustin used the derogatory term (a**hole) to describe a visually-impaired woman, Ms Cassandra Chiu, who had said in a blog post that she was denied service at a fast food outlet.

The same term was again used on air the following day by Augustin.

The New Paper had reported the matter on March 21, saying the Media Development Authority (MDA) was investigating.

In a statement yesterday, MDA said the use of the derogatory term has contravened the Free-to-air Radio Programme Code, which states that "obscene or offensive jokes, words, songs, dialogue should not be broadcast".

"In Singapore, radio broadcast reaches almost all homes and is easily accessible to all people, including the young," said MDA. "Because of its impact, programmes over radio must at all times maintain a standard that is acceptable to the community and does not offend good taste or decency."

Ms Georgina Chang, MediaCorp's vice-president of English programming, radio, said: "We absolutely do not condone the use of unacceptable language and there is a strict internal process to address it.

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