Evans rapped for radio violence

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Chris Evans's defunct Radio 1 Breakfast Show was yesterday criticised by the Broadcasting Standards Council for "violence towards women".

Complaints by two listeners about an incident on the show where Evans apparently "slapped" and "kicked" a woman team member were upheld by the council, and the BBC admitted that the programme broadcast in November had "overstepped the mark", even by Evans's provocative standards. In less than two years as Radio 1's breakfast host, there have been 30 complaints about Evans to the BSC relating to taste and decency, 14 of which were upheld. Six further complaints are still being considered.