WYVERN FM’s newest presenter was sacked from his previous job for fixing a competition.

The commercial station’s breakfast show host John ‘JD’ Dalziel was fired from Mercia, Coventry and Warwickshire’s station, in May last year for breaching Ofcom regulations.

Listeners were asked to text in to the studio for a chance to win a Sure for Women pampering pack.

But when a technical problem occurred which blocked messages getting through, Dalziel and his co-presenter Roisin Gibbons found someone to pose as a winner.

Dalziel – who also worked as an ice hockey commentator – later apologised for the incident, saying it had been a spur of the moment decision and he hadn’t meant any harm.

Meanwhile fans bombarded the station calling for the pair to be reinstated.

Wyvern, which airs across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and the Wyre Forest, is now owned by Global Radio.

A spokesman for the company would not comment on Dalziel or the incident itself, but said: “Global Radio is building a strong future for the commercial radio industry where the trust of its listeners and of its regulator is of the highest importance.

“We can confirm that all competitions on any of our stations comply with Ofcom regulations.”

In June last year GCap Media, which owned both Wyvern and Mercia at the time, was fined £1.1 million by Ofcom for breaching its rules and obstructing its investigation.

The ruling followed a phone-in scandal in which GCap had deliberately selected entrants with wrong answers to go on air in its Secret Sound competition, thereby prolonging the amount of time the competition ran and encouraging more people to pay to enter.