UK radio station scolded for playing Lil Louis’ “French Kiss”

Ofcom seeks to shield children from song's "prolonged sounds of sexual moaning..."

A radio station in the UK has been reprimanded for playing the Chicago house classic “French Kiss” by Lil Louis at an inappropriate hour.

Based in Essex, Caroline Community Radio was scolded for playing “French Kiss” at a “time when children were particularly likely to be listening,” according to UK regulator Ofcom. It said the broadcast of the song during breakfast violated Rule 1.3 of the broadcasting code requiring that children “be protected by appropriate scheduling from material that is unsuitable for them.”

The “prolonged sounds of sexual moaning” in the song lasts “two minutes and 20 seconds,” Ofcom said and could have been heard by children.

Caroline Community Radio for its part said the song had been inadvertently played when it was moving its library from one system to another, and that “some scheduling restrictions that it had applied to songs had not been carried across to the new system.”

Three years ago, London digital station 883 Centreforce was also reprimanded for playing “French Kiss” after complaints about the song’s “sexual noises” being heard during a midday show, according to the Independent.

Caroline Community Radio broadcasts from Burnham-on-Crouch and “provides a 24 hour daily radio service for the towns and villages within the Maldon District on the Essex coast on 94.7 FM,” according to the station website.


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