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. :)