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BBC Wales's Hefina Rendle
"The single mum couldn't believe her luck"
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Friday, 12 January, 2001, 18:09 GMT
Radio phone-in winner sacked

A factory worker who won a Mediterranean holiday in a live radio competition has been sacked for phoning the station during work hours.

Nicola Williams, 31, was laid off minutes after winning the week in Ibiza for herself and her six-year-old daughter.

Nicola Williams, from Newbridge, south Wales
Nicola Williams: Sacked over phone-in
The single mother, from Newbridge, south Wales, said she was on her mobile phone to the Cardiff radio station for four minutes on Thursday when her boss came in and told her to cut short the call.

"Our listeners heard Nicola screaming in delight when DJ Chris Moore told her she was the lucky winner," said Real Radio's programme controller Terry Underhill.

"But suddenly she went very quiet and got extremely serious.

"Then we heard the boss on air telling her to put the phone down."

Luxury apartment

The electronic-parts worker at Skytronics in Cwmbran, South Wales, had rarely been on trips aboard and was desperate to win the holiday in a luxury apartment in Ibiza.

"I just couldn't believe it when I won," said Ms Williams on Friday

"Everyone at work was screaming for me and suddenly the boss was there telling me to put the phone down.

"The DJ told me to ring back when the boss had calmed down to give them my details.


I was sacked straight away and told to leave the factory

Nicola Williams

"I was sacked straight away and told to leave the factory."

The radio station is also changing its policy on phone-in competitions.

"From now on we want people to ask their bosses for permission if they ring during office hours," said Mr Underhill.

Ms Williams's former employers later issued a statement saying they supported the action of their manager in this "internal discipline matter".

"The company will be making no further comment," said a spokesman.

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