U.K. digital radio station Jazz FM has issued an unreserved apology and promised to launch an internal investigation after accidently broadcasting explicit audio exerts from what appeared to be a gay porn film during one of its shows.
The incident happened during the February 18 "Funky Sensation" show, hosted by Mike Vitti, Jazz FM's head of programming. During the pre-recorded evening broadcast, several minutes of wordless audio soundtrack from a gay porn film could clearly be heard playing alongside the show's regular mix of funk, soul and smooth jazz and adverts.
"Unfortunately we had an unauthorized access to the live feed on Jazz FM on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:15 pm, which resulted in a highly regrettable incident," reads a statement from Mike Vitti on the station's website.
"Please accept our profound and sincere apologies for any offence that may have been caused and rest assured we have taken steps to ensure that there will be no repeat of this incident," Vitti goes on to say.
Jazz FM has an average weekly audience of just over half a million listeners. The station has said that following the incident it immediately launched an internal investigation and "should it be necessary, disciplinary action will be taken against the individual concerned."
U.K. broadcasting regulator Ofcom is reported to have received a small number of complaints following the show and has said that it will be investigating whether the incident broke any regulations.