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96 Under Fire

A Cork radio station has come under fire following allegations that it broadcast live from the site of a gang war and gave one of the combatants airtime. 96FM’s Neil Prenderville was focusing on the scene of a full-scale riot taking place between traveller groups in Cork on Thursday morning and allowed one participant to state that “heads would be severed from bodies”.
A police officer says that he received a complaint that the riot was ‘being thrashed out on local radio’ and a District Judge has condemned the broadcast, calling for an investigation by the DPP and the broadcasting authorities. Neil has admitted on air that he is likely to be prosecuted over the item, but defends the decision to broadcast the piece. “I think we actually helped to defuse the situation,” he claimed.