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BBC regrets gun song after Oscar news

2013-02-19 16:18
 
Cape Town - The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has issued an apology after one of their radio stations played a song about a man shooting his girlfriend, following a news bulletin updating listeners on Oscar Pistorius' court hearing, reports news.com.au.

Radio 6 Music ran a news bulletin on Tuesday, updating listeners about Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius' court hearing surrounding his bail charges, following his arrest on 14 February for allegedly shooting and killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria.

After the bulletin ended, the DJs played the Jimi Hendrix Experience's classic hit, Hey Joe.

On-air apology

Song lyrics include: "Hey Joe, where you going with that gun in your hand? I'm going to shoot my old lady, you know I caught her messing around with another man."

A spokesperson for the BBC said that they realised their mistake immediately and issued an on-air apology.

"In light of the nature of the news story, we apologise for any offence caused by the proximity of the song Hey Joe to the bulletin. An on-air apology was made immediately," the statement read.


 
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