A BBC correspondent said the N-word during her report, said CNN.
The report claimed that this caused Britain’s public service broadcaster to receive some criticism.
Bristol-based Social Affairs Correspondent Fiona Lamdin used the N-word in her report.
She was reporting on a racially aggravated assault in the southwestern English city.
Lamdin was describing how a healthcare worker was hit by a car.
Though, she warned viewers that they were about to hear “highly offensive language.”
She then said assailants had called the healthcare worker “a n***er.”
It was reported Tuesday night on the BBC’s “Points West” program.
According to the report, the anchor made a warning before the segment started.
The purpose was to alert viewers that it contained offensive language and graphic images.
Nonetheless, the report still came under fire from dismay viewers.
A press officer for the BBC said the segment was also aired on Wednesday.
Racist Driven Attack
BBC News said in a statement that the report is about a racist driven attack.
BBC News added:
“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.
“(They) wanted to see the full facts made public.”
The British public service broadcaster noted:
“The reporter gave first a warning.”
“We are no longer running this version of the report but are continuing to pursue the story.”
However, the CNN report said, it is unclear if the use of the word was deemed appropriate according to the BBC’s editorial guidelines.
The BBC’s editorial guidelines state:
“Output controllers and program or content producers should ensure that strong language, especially the strongest language
… is subject to careful consideration and appropriate referral, to ensure it is editorially justified before it is included in our output.”
Moreover, the guideline added:
“We must not include the strongest language before the watershed, or on the radio.”
“(This is) when children are particularly likely to be in our audience or online or social media.
“(It is because) the content will likely appeal to a significant proportion of children.”