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OfCom investigating Radio 4 over Bob Marley weed report

By | Published on Tuesday 16 December 2014

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BBC Radio 4 is facing close examination from media regulator OfCom over a so-called “puff piece”, aired on the station’s ‘Today’ programme last month, reporting on the creation of Marley Natural, the previously reported Bob Marley-branded ‘global cannabis line’.

An OfCom spokesman has confirmed that the pre-recorded segment, presented by Simon Jack, is being investigated over claims it may have “condoned, encouraged or glamorised the use of illegal substances” at a time young people might have been listening.

Whilst Jack did add the disclaimer that it’s illegal to buy cannabis in the UK, it looks probable that the BBC will admit the programme’s producer should have worked harder to story the drug’s social impact.