Watchdog Ofcom is probing the actions of DJ Tiiny, who has toured with stars together with Stormzy, after it was claimed he charged artists for publicity.
An Ofcom spokesman stated: “We’re wanting into whether or not this programme broke our guidelines concerning use of economic agreements to pick out music on radio stations.”
The regulator’s broadcasting code (part 10.5) states that no industrial association that includes cost to the broadcaster could affect the choice or rotation of music for broadcast.
One listener complained to Ofcom concerning the reported pay-for-play deal, it stated.
DJ Tiiny, whose actual title is Frank Boakye-Yiadom, had been broadcasting on Capital Xtra since 2018, with a Friday night time present that featured hip-hop, R&B and dirt.
Earlier this month it was reported that he had been dropped by the station after the allegations emerged. His profile now not seems on the Capital Xtra web site.
DJ Tiiny launched an apology on Twitter by which he stated he had learnt “a a lot wanted lesson”.
“I used to be given an unimaginable alternative inside radio and carelessly and irresponsibly took benefit of my place,” he stated.
“I take full duty for my actions and totally settle for the results in consequence. I’m very sorry to everybody this has affected and to these I’ve let down.”
The claims initially emerged from a tweet by producer J Beatz, who posted a screengrab of an electronic mail purportedly written by the DJ and that includes a request for cash.
A consultant of Capital Xtra’s mother or father firm International has been contacted for remark.