Aah f&^%$… A bit of a c*ck up with the editing of pre-recorded tape puts the third most famous ScouseVeggie (after Sir Paul and our own Niki) back on the dole.
Via the Echo:
City radio star quits after on-air outburst
Jun 25 2007
Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo
PRESENTER Simon Oâ€™Brien has resigned from Radio Merseyside hours after letting slip a string of expletives on air.
The station apologised to listeners after the slip-up which happened during this morningâ€™s breakfast programme co-presented by Oâ€™Brien.
Radio Merseyside boss Mick Ord described the blunder as an â€˜unacceptable lapseâ€™ and ordered an investigation into how it had been allowed to happen.
But at lunchtime today 42-year-old Oâ€™Brien announced he was stepping down â€œwith immediate effectâ€ and apologised for any offence….
… The station received a number of complaints from listeners after the howler at 6.30am.
It came when Oâ€™Brien played a trailer for a Roger Phillips show due to be heard tonight.
The programme Phillips Extra, due to air between 6-7pm, looks at the planned regeneration of Liverpoolâ€™s Edge Lane and the needs of people affected by the plans.
But a recorded chat between Phillips and Oâ€™Brien ended with the 42-year-old former Brookside actor clearly heard saying â€œf*** the government, f*** the plannersâ€.
It is understood it was recorded at the end of last week.
But an editing blunder meant the swear words were accidently left in.
In a statement, Oâ€™Brien said: â€œIâ€™m very sorry for the lapse this morning which will have caused offence to many listeners.
â€œThe pre-recorded material, which was entirely my work, was never meant to be broadcast.
â€œI further stress the views aired were my personal views and in no way reflect the editorial position of BBC Radio Merseyside or the BBC in general.
â€œIn the circumstances I have decided the correct thing to do is to resign from BBC Radio Merseyside with immediate effect.”