Islamophobic media personality Katie Hopkins is to present her own show on national talk radio station LBC.
Hopkins will present a Sunday morning programme on LBC, which broadcasts on FM in London and on digital nationwide, with the broadcaster promising she will bring “straight talking and honest commentary to the weekend schedule.”
James Rea, managing editor of LBC, said that “LBC leads the way in opinionated, intelligent radio in Britain.” He added that with her “wealth of life experience,” he was excited to welcome Katie Hopkins to the LBC team.
However, there are bound to be concerns that LBC is effectively normalising Islamophobia with Hopkins’s appointment.
In November 2014 she was reported to the police after a number of anti-Muslim rants were sent from her Twitter account including one that called Palestinians “filthy rodents.”
The former Apprentice contestant and Sun columnist, 40, also demanded that Israel “restart the bombing campaign” on Gaza after two Israelis were stabbed to death in separate knife attacks in Tel Aviv.
The tweets from her account, which had over 244,000 followers in November 2014 and where she refers to herself as “telling it like it is”, were branded Islamophobic.
A number were about the crisis in the Middle East and the series of stabbings apparently carried out by an Arab man on two Israelis who eventually died.
Tweets from Ms Hopkins’ account said: “Palestinians busy knifing Israelis. 2 state solution my a***. Filthy rodents burrowing beneath Israel. Time to restart the bombing campaign…. Arab terrorists fired rockets from schools and hospitals. They brought down Israeli fire on to their own people. See behind the pictures.”
Dozens accused her of inciting racial hatred and demanded the police take action.