CAMPAIGN DIARY: It’s a capital idea for a jape over the airways

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.

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.



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