F-word isn't vulgar when it's aired in French: broadcast regulator

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council is loosening up when it comes to using the F-word on French language radio.

The CBSC examined complaints from a listener about coarse language that aired during 2 separate broadcasts on CKOI-FM in January and March 2017.

The regulator concluded in a decision released Tuesday that the station didn't violate the industry's code of ethics on profanity, ruling the F-word in French doesn't have the same vulgar connotation as it does in English.

In a previous decision regarding the use of the expletive in a French language television program, the CBSC ruled if the word is used infrequently and not as an insult towards a particular person, it would be deemed acceptable, in the context of French-language programming.