A Radio DJ has been condemned by mental health charities after he played the song Jump as police were trying to talk down a suicidal woman from a motorway bridge.He played it to empathise with the drivers who were affected as police shut down the motorway, but never ones to miss a chance for some publicity, the po-faced immediately swung into action…
Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said: 'Given the distressing circumstances, the decision to play "Jump" was highly insensitive and in very poor taste.Err, how? Presumably she didn’t have the radio on while she was perched on the bri…
'Media have a responsibility for their audience and jovialising such a situation could be fatal.'
Some listeners also voiced their anger at Mr Penk./facepalm
Lorna Guinn, 42, said: 'It's irresponsible - this woman could have overheard it on someone's car stereo. '
Refreshingly, there was no abject, cringing apology forthcoming:
Mr Penk, who owns the radio station in the north west, has become renowned for making prank calls live on air.I salute you, Mr Penk.
He told The Sun: 'The entire area had been thrown into total chaos by a single troubled woman.
'I was very sorry to hear that the lady had subsequently jumped from the bridge, but relieved that her injuries were minor.
'If, as has been suggested, the woman jumped because she heard it from a passing car radio that's unfortunate.
'But I don't regret playing it for a minute.'