Jon Gaunt

 

TalkSport presenter Jon Gaunt: calling a London councillor a 'Nazi' during a live debate. Photograph: Graham Turner

 

TalkSport presenter Jon Gaunt has been fired by the radio station for calling a London councillor a "Nazi".

 

A TalkSport spokesman confirmed that Gaunt was dismissed yesterday following an internal investigation by the UTV-owned station about remarks he made on

November 7 to Redbridge councillor Michael Stark in a discussion about a local authority plan to ban smokers from fostering children.

 

Gaunt had originally been suspended by the station pending the investigation. His dismissal also comes in spite of the fact that he later issued an on-air

apology and clarified his comment, saying he meant to say "health Nazi".

 

Sony award-winning Gaunt, who writes a column for the Sun, also called the councillor an "ignorant pig" during the live discussion on his weekday morning

show.

 

"TalkSport yesterday terminated presenter Jon Gaunt's contract following an interview with Redbridge Council's Cllr Michael Stark on Friday November 7,"

the spokesman said.

 

"The decision follows an internal TalkSport investigation that was instigated following complaints about the content and nature of the broadcast. The radio

station has apologised to the councillor for the manner in which the interview was conducted."

 

TalkSport said it had received a number of complaints over the broadcast.

 

Ian Collins, who replaced Gaunt during the TalkSport investigation, will continue occupying Gaunt's slot "indefinitely", according to the station.

 

Gaunt, who spent part of his early teens in a care home, also tackled the subject of Redbridge banning smokers from fostering children in his Sun column

published November 7.

 

"This is the same warped logic that condemns black children to a life in care rather than let them be fostered by white couples. The same master race philosophy

that forbids fat couples from adopting," he wrote.

 

"The SS – that is social services by the way – think the risk from passive smoking is more dangerous to a child than them being left to rot in a children's

home.

 

"Today it's Redbridge but, unless we all make a noise now, tomorrow it will be a national policy and thousands more children will fall victim to the health

and safety Nazis and be left in a home alone."

 

Gaunt has previously broadcast on BBC London 94.9, BBC WM, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire and BBC Three Counties Radio, where he won a hat-trick of Sony Radio

Academy gold awards in 2001.

 

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