BBC Apologizes For DJ Comment
February 26, 2008 at 5:32 AM (PT)
The BBC has apologized for a comment made last OCTOBER 24 by BBC RADIO 2 personality SARAH KENNEDY. The network, in a press release submitted to regulator OFCOM, said that KENNEDY's comment that she nearly ran over a black pedestrian wearing dark clothing in the dark because she could not see him and that "It's lucky he opened his mouth to yawn or do something and I saw him" was a "statement of fact and that was the context in which it was made" but that the comment was inappropriate because of sensitivity to racial issues.
OFCOM, discussing the comment and the BBC's apology, said that the agency is "concerned that such a comment with its potential to cause offense had been included in a live broadcast without due consideration for the way it may have been interpreted by listeners and without any further explanation or apology within the programme itself. However we note the broadcaster’s acknowledgment that the comment was inappropriate and the full public apology which was issued. On balance, therefore, we consider that the matter is resolved."
In another content ruling by OFCOM, the commission accepted an apology from TINDLE RADIO AC DREAM 100 FM/TENDRING, NORTH ESSEX for soliciting text message song requests while the station was airing pre-recorded programming with no chance of playing the requests.