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BBC DJ faces Ofcom probe over jokes made about ‘Essex girls’

Radio One DJ Scott Mills’s (pictured) show is being investigated over jokes about Essex girls and “knickers” which sparked complaints.
 
Ofcom, the broadcasting watchdog, has confirmed it is looking into the comments – which listeners said were sexist and derogatory.
 
Jokes included “What’s the first thing an Essex girl does in the morning? Goes home”, “Why does an Essex girl wear knickers? To keep her ankles warm”, and “What does an Essex girl say after her doctor tells her she is pregnant? Is it mine?”.
 

The jokes were broadcast as Mills and fellow presenter Chris Stark stayed on air for 24 hours in a marathon show to raise money for Comic Relief.
 
An Ofcom spokesperson said: “We’re investigating whether this programme breached our rules on generally accepted standards.”
 

Bobby Norris, from reality TV show The Only Way Is Essex, made the quips after the hosts of the Radio 1 show told listeners he was there to do a “couple of sets of Essex girl jokes”.
 
 Mills had told listeners: “I’d like to point out, before anyone complains, this is a person from Essex, living in Essex on a TV show (The Only Way Is Essex) about Essex.” 
 
(Comment) Sounds like some PC professional complainers at work.

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