London-based broadcaster BBC had apologized for using a racial slur that was uncensored in a news report aired on July. It resulted to a massive backlash from the public, with over 18,000 people who filed a complaint.
A news segment included the use of N-word in the report about an assault to a Black man that occurred in Bristol, a southwestern English city. The correspondent, Fiona Lamdin, relayed an info about attackers who used the racial slur. She uttered the N-word while also telling that viewers are about to hear a “highly offensive language.”
Director general of BBC, Anthony Hall, had on Sunday released an apology over an email memo sent to the employees. He wrote: “The BBC now accepts that we should have taken a different approach at the time of broadcast and we are very sorry for that. We will now be strengthening our guidance on offensive language across our output.”
The BBC didn’t allow me, an actual black man, to use the N-word in an article when quoting an African American who used it. But a white person was allowed to say it ON TV because it was ‘editorially justified’ https://t.co/bUAaIxZyeR
— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) August 9, 2020
Meanwhile, a correspondent for the US of BBC’s World Service, Larry Madowo, tweeted on Sunday a comment regarding the issue. He said he, himself, “an actual Black man,” was not allowed to use the N-word in a report. “But a white person was allowed,” Madowo wrote.
Also, prior to their apology, comedian and prominent radio host, DJ Sideman, left the BBC 1Xtra music station. His reason was BBBC not providing any apology over the issue. In a video he posted over Instagram, he said: “The use of the N-word and the subsequent defense of it felt like a slap in the face of our community.”
Previously, the British broadcaster have defended the move. In a statement, BBC News said: “This was a story about a shocking unprovoked attack on a young black man. His family told the BBC about the racist language used by the attackers and wanted to see the full facts made public.” It also said they have removed that version of the report.
“It should be clear that BBC’s intention was to highlight an alleged racist attack. This is important journalism which the BBC should be reporting on and will continue to do so,” Hall’s Sunday memo reads. “Yet despite these good intentions, I recognize that we have ended up creating distress amongst many people.”
He added: “Every organization should be able to acknowledge when it has made a mistake. We made one here.”