BBC apologises for Weekend in Amsterdam

14th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

The BBC faced a barrage of complaints for second time this week after a radio DJ played the song ‘Weekend in Amsterdam’ by Irish folk singer Christy Moore. Radio Ulster DJ Gerry Anderson played the record which describes the Dutch capital’s vices before lunchtime in a programme for family entertainment. The lyrics did not go down well with his listeners.

In his ballad, Christy Moore sings about Amsterdam’s cannabis smoking, public drunkenness and dancing with transvestites while at the same time using rude language. Complaints flooded in and forced the BBC to remove the song from its playlist.

One reader of the called it “almost certainly the most obscene song BBC Radio Ulster has ever broadcast. And without any beeps.”

It is not clear whether the DJ was aware of the content of the lyrics of ‘Weekend in Amsterdam’. But that seems improbable, as listeners have complained before about Mr Anderson. The BBC has asked him for an explanation.

Earlier this week, BBC viewers complained after a footage of polar bear cubs turned out to have been filmed at a Dutch zoo for David Attenborough's programme Frozen Planet.

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