BFM89.9’s founder Malek Ali has described the recent sexual harassment allegations as “upsetting and distressing” for everyone at the radio station. In a statement, he said that the station’s first priority has always been the welfare of its employees and it takes “any and all allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct seriously”.
“We have started formal investigations and we are engaging with those that have been named. Some of the employees involved have taken a leave of absence,” he said. Malek added that BFM will be appointing an independent party to assist it in conducting an “impartial investigation”.
As investigations are currently underway, BFM does not wish to make statements that might compromise the investigation and cause staff members further distress.
This comes after an anonymous email containing allegations of sexual harassment against the radio station surfaced, claiming that no action was taken by the management despite them learning of sexual harassment occurring at the station.
In an earlier statement, Malek said the station is “unable to confirm any of the situations described” in the anonymous email, and it is committed to providing a safe environment in which all members of our community can work without fear and threat of sexual harassment.
“We take all allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct seriously. Internal investigations are initiated whenever an allegation is made. Our practice has been to offer employees discretion and fairness, and we take action when we learn of unacceptable behaviour,” he said.