LONDON, Aug 14, 2015:
BBC radio presenter Alex Dyke has been suspended over “appalling” comments he made on air about breastfeeding.
According to BBC News, Dyke said breastfeeding was “unnatural” and “has to be stopped” in public during his phone-in show on BBC Radio Solent on Wednesday.
His remarks led to an online petition, which has so far attracted more than 6,000 supporters, calling for him to be taken off air.
The broadcaster, who has apologised, will not present his show on Friday. The BBC has not yet said how long the suspension will last.
BBC News reported that Dyke had apologised on air for “any offence caused” during his show on Thursday.
He had asked callers to ring in about the “taboo subject” of breastfeeding in public during the programme.
According to BBC News, during the phone-in, Dyke said: “Couldn’t mums just stay at home and do it? I’m not offended by it, I’m just made to feel uncomfortable about it.”
Among the other controversial comments he made was: “Breastfeeding is unnatural. It’s the kind of thing that should be done in a quiet, private nursery. It was ok in the Stone Age when we knew no better, when people didn’t have their own teeth… but now I just think a public area is not the place for it and fellas don’t like it.”
Dyke’s remarks led to a backlash on social media. The BBC said it had made it clear his comments were “unacceptable”.
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