The BBC apologizes on Sunday for a reporter who used a racist slur in a news broadcast after the company had previously defended the use of the word in the report.
Director-General Tony Hall sent a memo to staff apologizing for the use of the slur, after the BBC reportedly received more than 18,600 complaints about the use of the word in a news report last month.
“We are proud of the BBC’s values of inclusion and respect and have reflected long and hard on what people have had to say about the use of the n ‘word and all racist language both inside and outside the organization,”
Hall said the BBC’s “intention was to highlight an alleged racist attack” using the slur in last month’s report on an attack on a young black man in Bristol, England. But, said Hall, he recognizes that it “ceased to cause concern among many people.”
“The BBC now accepts that we should have taken a different approach at the time of the broadcast and we are very sorry for that. We will now strengthen our guidance on offensive language throughout production, ”added Hall.
Comedian and broadcaster Sideman stopped the BBC1Xtra music station on Saturday over the use of the word and the company’s failure to apologize, The Associated Press reported.
A spokesman for the radio station said they were disappointed with Sideman’s decision but were open to working with him in the future.
“Sideman is an incredibly talented DJ. We are obviously disappointed that he has made this decision. We wish him the utmost greetings for the future, “said the President of 1Xtra. “The door is always open for future projects.”