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Radio station U105 in apology over cyclist social media post

U105 is based in Belfast's City Quays development.
U105 is based in Belfast's City Quays development.
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

Belfast radio station U105 has apologised for a post on social media about cyclists.

A meme - a captioned image typically intended to be humorous and shared widely online - was posted on the station's Facebook page on Thursday.

It showed an image of the actor Robert Downey jr looking relieved with the caption: "When you thought you ran over an animal but it was just a cyclist..."

"Drive safe folks!" the station added in its post.

The post sparked an angry response from many on social media.

On Friday afternoon, the station made an apology.

"We posted a meme that has offended and upset some members of our audience," a statement said.

"It was not our intention and an error of judgement on our behalf, and we would like to apologise to anyone who was upset or offended with the content of the meme."

U105 was originally part of UTV until ITV's purchase of the television side of the business in 2016.

The station was later bought by News Corp in a £220m deal with 20 other ex-UTV radio stations.

The original Tweet from U105.
The original Tweet from U105.

The station boasts of having almost 200,000 listeners. It has just over 21,000 Twitter followers with 135,000 likes on Facebook.

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