Skip to comments.BBC Apologises for 'Queen Death Joke'
Posted on 05/18/2010 2:45:14 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A BBC radio jockey stirred a sensation over the airwaves in the UK by jokingly announcing that Queen Elizabeth II had died and then switched on the national anthem 'God save the Queen', forcing the organisation to tender an "unreserved apology".
Disc jockey Danny Kelly, 39, played the national anthem and told listeners that he had an important announcement to make and then said "Queen Elizabeth II has now died."
The announcement was made on Tuesday over BBC WM, local radio service beamed to British city of Birmingham and West Midlands.
A BBC spokesman later confirmed that "Danny Kelly had made an inappropriate remark about the Queen in his radio show."
BBC said the remarks although part of a light hearted piece was corrected on air immediately.
"The comment was entirely inappropriate and the BBC apologises unreservedly for it. There was no intention to offend," the spokesman said.
BBC said that it took the gaffe "very seriously" and action would be taken. BBC WM website describes Kelly as having "a unique brand of humour".
A BBC spokesman said the joke had been a reference to an item on one of Kelly's internet pages.
"Although made as part of a light-hearted piece about social media friends, and corrected on-air immediately after it was made, the comment was entirely inappropriate and the BBC apologises unreservedly for it," he said, adding there was no intention to offend.
"BBC WM takes this comment very seriously. Action is being taken," the spokesman added.
Maybe he can do the same for the Bamster.
Nobody would reasonably think that of that as a joke.
“We apologise for the fault in the subtitles. Those responsible have been sacked.”
"We apologise again for the fault in the subtitles. Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked."
Its not nice to fool with Mother England.
"The credits have been completed in an entirely different style at great expense and at the last minute."
"...Executive Producer JOHN GOLDSTONE & "RALPH" The Wonder Llama"
BBC WM website describes Kelly as having “a unique brand of humour”.
Yes. Very unique. Unequivocally unique. Uniquely unique. But not funny.
He is lucky he isn’t living 500 years ago or he might find himself being drawn and quarters!
unique brand of humor..just a ordinary idiot,but with a mike on a leftist network
Just take the guy off the air and be done with it.
That’s so far over the line he shouldn’t be allowed to remain on the air.
I’m so damned tired of people thinking they can do absolutely anything without ramification.
Must have been before your time?
Ooops, sorry. Didn’t realize the question mark was a link to You Tube. LOL.
Throw him in the Tower.
I know its popular elsewhere in the world, but I just can not fathom any sensible democratically-minded public accepting a state-run media like the BBC.
Of course, we have NBC, NY Times, etc... but at least there is the hope they will go bankrupt some day.
SCTV - “The Queen Haters”
She and I are the same age.
No one should make premature announcements of the death of anyone so young as the Queen and I. :)
Are you German, too?
The BBC has operated since its creation in 1927 under a Royal Charter as a public corporation. The Charter decreed that the BBC’s views be entirely independent of any private or governmental influence. It is thereby required to be free from both political and commercial influence and answer only to its viewers and listeners.
The current Charter came into effect on 1 January 2007 and runs until 31 December 2016. The Royal Charter is reviewed every 10 years.
The 2007 Charter specifies that the mission of the Corporation is to “inform, educate and entertain”. It states that the Corporation exists to serve the public interest and to promote its public purposes:
Sustaining citizenship and civil society;
Promoting education and learning;
Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence;
Representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities;
Bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK;
Helping to deliver to the public the benefit of emerging communications technologies and services, and taking a leading role in the switchover to digital television.
Thankfully there is competition.
Bless you Ole Okie!
Ach du lieber, nein, nein!
“God Save the Queen....We Mean it, Man!”
In the USA today, a remark like that about Der President gets you a visit from men with guns.
"Make him part of the tour!"
Certainly we do in Australia. In 1999, there was a referendum to decide whether or not Australia would abandon the Monarchy and become a Republic. It failed in every single state.
There is a reasonably large movement that would like Australia to become a republic, but even most of them greatly respect the current Queen.
Most Australian conservatives (though certainly not all) are Monarchists - I most certainly am.
But it is important to understand that she is the Queen of Australia - not the Queen of England or Great Britain - when she is acting as our Monarch. It's the same person, of course, but legally it's different and the distinction is important. Under the Statute of Westminster 1931 (ratified in Australia in 1941), Australia is a fully equal member of the Commonwealth of Nations with absolutely equal status to Britain (Canada and New Zealand also have this status - Ireland and South Africa had it until they chose to become republics). Australians have as much say over the future of the Monarchy as Britons do, under the law, and that is why it is accepted. Prior to 1941, Britain still handled our foreign affairs, and that would no longer be acceptable.
She is, as far as we are concerned, Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.
The Monarchy is still important here - when we had our awful bushfires last year (the worst natural disaster in Australia's history in terms of lives lost), HRH Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, was immediately dispatched to represent the Queen and the Royal Family at Australian memorials. Among his many titles, Prince Charles is a Knight of the Order of Australia, Prince Phillip holds the rank of Field Marshall of the Australian Army and Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal Australian Navy.
The last time the Queen visited Australia was 2006, to open the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. There was considerable controversy when it was discovered that organisers had omitted 'God Save The Queen' from the opening ceremony. They were forced to reverse that decision in the face of public outcry and I was there in the crowd during the ceremony. Everybody in that stadium of 100,000 people came to their feet as it began.
Oh, yes, we acknowledge her. She is our Queen.
...except that the BBC is most emphatically not 'state-run'.