BBC Radio 1 Interview With BNP Leaders Draws Condemnation
October 12, 2009 at 4:28 AM (PT)
An interview with two anonymous members of the BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY on Top 40 BBC RADIO 1 has drawn widespread condemnation and a call from politicians for an inquiry into how the interview happened.
In the interview, aired on the station's "NEWSBEAT," the two BNP members, later identified as party publicity director MARK COLLETT and party-owned GREAT WHITE RECORDS head JOSEPH BARBER, voiced the party's racially-charged viewpoints on various issues, calling star CHELSEA soccer player and LONDON native ASHLEY COLE "not ethnically British."
The BBC's response thus far has been to note that the interview included tough questions aimed at the BNP and noted that the interview subjects were identified as BNP members. "No one listening to the interview will have been under any illusion about their political allegiance and to suggest otherwise is plainly nonsense," the BBC said in a statement released in response to the criticism from several quarters, including TORY Shadow Culture Secretary JEREMY HUNT, who is calling for a BBC investigation.