Wellington - A pair of New Zealand radio
presenters were suspended Wednesday for broadcasting a heated conversation with
England all-rounder' mother without her knowledge.
Radio Hauraki shock jocks Jeremy Wells and
Matt Heath had been mocking Kiwi-born Stokes' role in England's loss to the
West Indies in the World Twenty20 final on Sunday before the on-air incident.
Stokes, who moved from Christchurch to
England as a child, conceded four consecutive sixes in the final over to give
the Windies victory, making him a target for some New Zealanders.
His mother Deborah called the radio station
to take issue with her son's treatment and found herself talking to Heath,
unaware she was on air.
She subsequently realised she had been
broadcast live and complained to station owner NZME, resulting in Heath and
Wells being suspended for a day.
"Matt and Jeremy are famous for
identifying where the line is and then ignoring it," NZME group program
director Mike McClung said in a statement.
"However putting Ben's mum to air
without her knowledge, albeit defending her son, was obviously well over that
line. They've been suitably reprimanded, and are off-air tomorrow(Wednesday)."
Stokes moved to England so his father
Gerard, a former rugby league international, could take a coaching role.
Both his parents have since moved back to