The BBC has acquired greater than 18,600 complaints about using a racial slur in a TV information report.
The N-word was utilized in a report a few racially-aggravated assault in Bristol, broadcast by Factors West and the BBC Information Channel final week.
The company has since defended using the phrase, however accepted it brought on offence.
Broadcast regulator Ofcom mentioned it acquired 384 complaints concerning the report.
In its fortnightly bulletin, the BBC mentioned it had acquired 18,656 complaints concerning the incident by Sunday 2 August.
That makes it the second-most complained about incident for the reason that BBC started utilizing its present system in 2017. Solely Newsnight’s opening monologue about Dominic Cummings in Might acquired extra, with 23,674.
Previous to 2017, Jerry Springer: The Opera acquired essentially the most complaints of any BBC present, with 63,000.
‘Context is necessary’
The report, which aired on Wednesday 29 July, described an assault on a 21-year-old NHS employee and musician often known as Okay or Okay-Dogg.
He had been hit by a automotive on 22 July whereas strolling to a bus cease from his office, Southmead Hospital in Bristol. He suffered severe accidents together with a damaged leg, nostril and cheekbone.
Police mentioned the incident is being handled as racially-aggravated as a result of racist language utilized by the occupants of the automotive.
A fourth man was arrested on suspicion of tried homicide on Tuesday.
In its response to complaints about using the N-word, the BBC mentioned: “The sufferer’s household have been anxious the incident must be seen and understood by the broader public.
“It is for that reason they requested us particularly to indicate the photographs of this man’s accidents and have been additionally decided that we must always report the racist language, in full, alleged to have been spoken by the occupants of the automotive.”
It added: “These are tough judgements however the context is essential on this specific case. We imagine we gave satisfactory warnings that upsetting pictures and language can be used and we are going to proceed to pursue this story.
“The phrase is extremely offensive and we fully settle for and perceive why individuals have been upset by its use. The choice to make use of the phrase was not taken calmly and with out appreciable detailed thought: we have been conscious that it could trigger offence.”
The BBC has additionally acquired an additional 417 complaints a few separate use of the phrase throughout a historical past programme.
On Sunday, presenter and historian Lucy Worsley apologised after citing the N-word in her BBC present American Historical past’s Largest Fibs.
The programme first aired on BBC 4 in 2019 however was repeated on BBC Two over the weekend.
After the repeat was broadcast, one Twitter person contacted Worsley to criticise her for utilizing the N-word.
Replying to her, Worsley said: “You are proper, it wasn’t acceptable and I apologise.”
The complaints come amid ongoing concern and scrutiny of how the media and leisure trade offers with problems with race.
After the Black Lives Matter protests earlier this yr, sparked by the loss of life of George Floyd in police custody, a number of TV and movie stars have apologised for his or her earlier use of blackface or racially insensitive language.