In the BBC’s Points West broadcast segment on Tuesday night, Bristol-based social affairs correspondent Fiona Lamdin used the word “N” to report an apparently racially powerful attack on a south-west English town.
As Lamdin described, as a medical professional was hit by a car, she did warned viewers that they were about to hear a “very offensive language”.
Prior to the start of the segment, an additional anchor alert was included to alert viewers that it contained offensive language and graphic images.
A BBC spokesman confirmed to CNN that the segment was also broadcast on Wednesday.
“It was the story of a shocking unprovoked attack on a young black man. His family told the BBC about the racist language used by the attackers and wanted to see all the facts made public,”; she told BBC News.
“The warning was issued before this was reported. We are no longer running this version of the report, but we are continuing to follow it, “the statement adds.
“Output operators and producers of programs or content should ensure that strong language, in particular the strongest language … is subject to careful consideration and appropriate recommendation to ensure that it is editorially justified before it is included in our output.”
The guidelines state that the use of strong language must be “editorially justified and, where appropriate, marked with an area code to ensure that it meets the expectations of the audience wherever it appears”.
“We must not include the strongest language before the flood or on the radio, when children are likely to be in our audience or in online or social media content that is likely to reach a significant proportion of children,” the guideline said.
CNN approached Lamdin to comment.
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