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Heart Extra drops the F-bomb seven times

The operators of digital radio station Heart Extra have been found in breach of broadcasting rules.

The Global Radio-owned station dropped the so-called "F-bomb" seven times in June, after an explicit version of the Kendrick Lamar song All The Stars found its way onto Heart Extra's automated playlist.

All instances took place during Heart Extra's automated hours of 09:00-16:00, when there's no live presenter.

After being alerted by a listener, Global Radio removed the offending song from the playlist.

But following an investigation by Ofcom, and despite reassurances from Global, two breaches of broadcasting rules were found - breach of rule 2.3, which requires the inclusion of bad language to be justified, and rule 1.4, which requires broadcasters to avoid such language at times when children are likely to be listening.