BBC says sorry for using racist term in news report

Lawrence Kim
August 10, 2020

More than 18,000 people complained to the BBC after social affairs correspondent Fiona Lamdin said "n****r" in a report on a racist hit-and-run attack on a black NHS worker.

Radio 1xtra presenter Sideman has announced he is quitting the corporation over a news report which contained a racist term.

"I'm happy working with organisations until we all get it right, but this feels like more than getting it wrong".

DJ Sideman quit his job on BBC Radio.

In a video on Instagram, Sideman said: "I've thought long and hard about what I'm about to say and what it means".

A spokesperson for BBC 1Xtra said: "Sideman is an incredibly talented DJ".

Lord Hall said he now accepts the BBC should have taken a different approach.

"This is wild to me, especially in the current social climate, and I can't make any sense of it no matter how much I think about it, so I think it is time that I left".

It happened after the N-word was used in a report about a racially aggravated attack in Bristol, broadcast by Points West and the BBC News Channel.

Within the broadcast, the reported referenced a racial slur which had been used by the attackers.

Larry Madowo, a USA correspondent for the BBC's World Service, also commented on the move, saying that despite being black he had previously not been allowed to use the racist term in an article when quoting an African American.

Hall acknowledged the use of the racist term caused "distress" among its viewership and vowed that the BBC would be "strengthening" guidance on offensive language.

"I wanted us to look at the issues raised by the reporting and the strength of feeling surrounding it".

The broadcaster has also previously revealed that the decision was taken by a team of people which included senior editorial figures. I am ok with process, I am ok with waiting within reason for certain things to change but the BBC sanctioning the N-word being said on National television by a white person is something I can't rock with.

The broadcaster has been contacted for comment.

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