Right-wing shock-jock James Whale has been sacked from Talksport after endorsing Boris Johnson.
Over the years Whale has campaigned for an end to recycling and banned all Scottish nationals from calling his radio show. But it was his backing of Boris Johnson for Mayor that finally caused him to lose his job.
Under Ofcom guidance, broadcasters must refrain from endorsing or pushing a particular candidate in the run-up to an election. When Whale did just that for Boris on March 20th, the station and Ofcom received a high number of complaints.
An investigation began, but Talksport decided to pre-empt it by announcing that Whale would be sacked.
The sacking followed a previous complaint upheld by Ofcom last month. Ofcom then ruled that it was unacceptable for Whale to have read out the email address of an angry listener and then encourage other listeners to misuse it.
However, although Talksport continued to employ Whale after this incident, the endorsement for Boris Johnson was seen as a step too far. A spokesman for Talksport said James Whale's backing of Boris was:
"A serious error of judgment which we found totally unacceptable."
The Tory Troll couldn't agree more ;)