BBC WM Apologizes For Host's 'Queen Is Dead' Joke
May 18, 2010 at 4:04 AM (PT)
The BBC is apologizing for a local host's joke MONDAY that the QUEEN had died.
BBC WM/WEST MIDLANDS, ENGLAND afternoon host DANNY BAKER played the National Anthem and solemnly announced that "QUEEN ELIZABETH II has now died," with his producer responding "you can't say that!." BAKER then explained that he was referring to a FACEBOOK user who took the name QUEEN ELIZABETH II, not the monarch.
BBC WM issued a statement in the matter, confirming the "inappropriate" remark and saying, "Although made as part of a light-hearted piece about social media friends, and corrected on air immediately after it was made, this comment was entirely inappropriate and the BBC apologises unreservedly for it. There was no intention to offend. BBC WM takes these comments very seriously. Action is being taken."
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