Ofcom has upheld a complaint against the East London based community station, NuSound Radio for a programme it aired in March 2020.
The programme included discussion and phone-in contributions about allegations of mismanagement of a Sikh faith school and its finances by the Khalsa Academies Trust. During the programme, the presenter made a number of general criticisms about “whistleblowers” before focusing his comments on the complainant, Mr Mankamal Singh Palray, the then Chair of the Board of Governors for the school who had raised his concerns about the Trust’s management of the school.
The presenter also questioned the motivations of Mr Palray in deciding to “whistleblow”. Ofcom found that the broadcaster did not take reasonable care to satisfy itself that material facts had not been presented, disregarded, or omitted in a way that was unfair to Mr Palray.
Ofcom considered that, in the particular circumstances of this case, the broadcaster did not take reasonable care to satisfy itself that material facts had not been presented, disregarded or omitted in the programme, and that this resulted in unfairness to Mr Palray.