The Radio Authority’s proposed restrictions on spoof phone calls
have obviously led to station bosses making the most of the fun while
they can. While Capital Radio’s Steve Penk recently got through to the
Prime Minister, Tony Blair, one of his colleagues on Capital Gold opted
for a more strategic approach.
Last Friday, Mike Osman on Capital Gold’s Naughty But Nice breakfast
show broadcast a call that they’d made to David Lloyd, the Radio
Authority’s head of programming and advertising, purporting to be from a
listener to Osman’s show.
After complaining about the show’s comments on bald people and its
impressions of Bruce Forsyth and Prince Charles, Osman eventually
revealed that the call was a wind-up and had been requested as a
farewell present by colleagues of Lloyd who left last week to take up
his new post as programming consultant at Border Radio Holdings.