BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad faces Ofcom inquiry into comments about rape

PUBLISHED: 14:43 01 December 2014 | UPDATED: 14:43 01 December 2014

BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad.

BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad.

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BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad is to be investigated over his on-air comments about rape.

Nick Conrad, who attracted scores of complaints after appearing to attribute some blame to rape victims, will face an Ofcom inquiry to decide if he breached the broadcasting code.

The host said during a live debate about convicted rapist Ched Evans that women should “keep their knickers on”.

He said it during a phone-in on November 17 about the former Sheffield United and Norwich City footballer’s future.

Mr Conrad later apologised on air for suggesting women were partially responsible for men acting upon their desires if they “gave out the wrong signals”.

He said: “I made it clear that rape is an abhorrent and inexcusable crime and women and victims are in no way to blame. Some of my comments were ill judged and were offensive to some.

“I apologise to anyone who was offended by what I said.”

During the live show, Mr Conrad said: “I think women need to be more aware of a man’s sexual desire, that when you’re in that position that you are about to engage in sexual activity, there’s a huge amount of energy in the male body.

“There’s a huge amount of will and intent, and it’s very difficult for many men to say no when they are whipped up into a bit of a storm.”

Evans was jailed in April 2012 for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room. He was released last month and has yet to be offered a contract by a new club.

Ofcom said: “Ofcom is currently investigating whether the use of derogatory language against women in this live debate about convicted rapist Ched Evans met generally accepted standards.”

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