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Benjamin Bird – Statement

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Statement from BCfm Radio

With reference to a BBC online story released today relating to Benjamin Bird and a Professional Panel outcome of the Teaching Regulation Agency dated 29/30th January 2019.

Whilst Bristol Community FM is not the employer of Mr Bird he does have involvement as a volunteer presenter on one of our 70 community radio programmes.

Bristol Community FM is a licenced community radio station with a proud record of eleven years of serving the city of Bristol. We have over that period worked with over a thousand volunteers and interviewed over ten thousand guests. Part of our remit is to provide broadcast opportunities to all sections of the community especially those under represented by mainstream radio.

Our work also includes broadcasts from former offenders and those with alcohol or drug rehabilitation issues.

Bristol Community FM have full safeguarding procedures and policies in place,  its management and board do not condone any type of behaviour that would place vulnerable teenagers or indeed children in danger.

Whilst we need to strike a balance between the needs and reputation of BCfm, its volunteers and the wider Bristol community, we always strive to be transparent and ethical in our work.

With relation to Mr Benjamin Bird, it is our understanding that no criminal charges nor any pending police investigation has been mounted relating to the misconduct charge listed against Mr Bird.

We are in full possession of the report findings and in the interim have asked Mr Bird to refrain from broadcasting on BCfm until such time the management have had the opportunity to fully consider the implications of the judgement and meet in person with both Mr Bird and any other relevant parties. If however there are no further details to report it may be the case that in the continued absence of any police involvement, Mr Bird’s association with the station may continue.