The BBC has suspended a radio DJ who said breastfeeding in public was unnatural and must be stopped .Radio Solent DJ Alex Dyke said during a phone-in on his Wednesday morning show that only librarian-type, moustachioed women breastfed in public and men who were not repelled by breastfeeding were wimps . He also said yummie mummies wouldn’t feed their children in public because they know it is not a good look and formula milk is just as good . He went on to say:
My point was fat chavvy mums with their boobs out on buses isn’t a good look. A classy discreet mum is absolutely fine. It was ok in the stone age when we knew no better, when people didn’t have their own teeth, but now I just think a public area is not the place for it and fellas don’t like it.
A BBC spokesperson said:
Following unacceptable comments made on air yesterday, Alex Dyke has been suspended pending an investigation, so he will not be on air tomorrow.
The BBC has also removed the show from iPlayer. It is not yet clear whether Dyke has been sacked or suspended, but given the ranking of offence on the PC list of serious crimes, then surely he will be sacked.
During his Thursday morning show, Dyke issued an apology:
Yesterday on the show I spoke about breastfeeding. The comments I made during the broadcast were unacceptable and I would like to apologise for any offence caused.
But apologies are never enough these days, and the PC lynch mob always bays for extreme sanctions. A petition calling for Dyke to be taken off air received about 6,000 signatures, whilst the Telegraph reported that Dyke’s show had received hundreds of comments on social media and on parenting forums.
TV and radio censor Ofcom said it had received 14 complaints and had requested a recording of the show to assess whether to investigate. The BBC declined to say how many complaints it had received, citing a policy to withhold numbers when it suspects lobbying or media coverage has encouraged people to complain.