Radio host is sacked by Grantham radio station Gravity FM
A radio host with Grantham station Gravity FM has been sacked.
Ian ‘Pugsey’ Parker has been accused of a verbal attack on another presenter.
Mr Parker was in his second stint with the station, having rejoined it in September 2018 after 10 years away.
He originally left the station in controversial circumstances and went on to work on a station in Newark for more than three years.
In a letter to Mr Parker, the station said: “Following a number of complaints in recent weeks, the management have reluctantly decided that it is not in the long term interests of the station for you to carry on in a volunteer role.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the shows that you have contributed, however, given the latest verbal attack on another presenter, we can not allow that situation to occur again.
“To be very clear, the management of Gravity FM will not tolerate verbal abuse of other volunteers, especially when made based on a person’s (wrongly) perceived sexuality, or any other characteristic.
“Please note that given the nature of the complaints against you, that with immediate effect, you are no longer permitted on the premises.”
Mr Parker told the Journal he didn’t wish to comment onhis departure but admitted he was upset about it.
Mr Parker is a Grantham man who attended school in the town. He got into radio after suffering a heart attack in 1999.
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