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Radio station fined after xenophobic remarks on breakfast show

PR dla Zagranicy
Peter Gentle 01.08.2012 08:33
Commercial radio station Eska Rock has been fined 75,000 zloty (18,000 euro) after two of its morning presenters made xenophobic remarks about Ukrainians.

Kuba Wojewodzki: photo - wikipedia

Popular radio hosts Kuba Wojewodzki and Michal Figurski made the controversial remarks in the wake of Ukraine's 2-1 victory against Sweden on 11 June in the Euro 2012 tournament.

Wojewodzki, who also presents a TV show on the TVN channel, 'joked' to his co-host after the game that he “behaved like a true Pole and chucked out his Ukrainian cleaner.”

Figurski replied that this was “a good idea,” and that “out of spite, I won't pay her today,”

Wojewodzki went on to say that if his [Ukrainian cleaner] had been “a bit prettier he would have raped her anyway.”

Poland's National Radio and Television Council found the remarks “offensive to Ukrainians and women in general”.

The radio hosts have defended themselves by claiming the remarks were “satirical”.

Wojewodzki has a history of making racist jokes in his TV and radio work.

When co-hosting an episode of the Polish edition of the X-Factor talent-show, the presenter made comments about cannibalism to a contestant of Nigerian background.

In October 2011, Radio Eska was again fined 50,000 zloty (11,700 euro) in connection with remarks made during an edition of his show from earlier that year.

“Let's call the black man,” it was announced on the show, prior to interviewing a spokesman for Poland's Main Road Transport Inspectorate who was half-Indian. (pg)

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