Johnson slams BBC's treatment of DJ

This Is Lancashire: Boris Johnson has criticised the treatment of Radio Devon DJ David Lowe Boris Johnson has criticised the treatment of Radio Devon DJ David Lowe

Boris Johnson has claimed the treatment of a veteran BBC radio DJ who says he was "forced" to quit because he accidentally played a song with the N-word in it was "utterly disgraceful".

BBC Radio Devon broadcaster David Lowe found himself in hot water after airing an 82-year-old version of The Sun Has Got His Hat On which featured the racial slur.

Mr Johnson said Britain was living in a "Boko Haram world", in reference to the terrorist network that kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria.

Boko Haram forbids Muslims to take part in any political or social activity connected to Western society and has killed more than 1,500 people this year.

In his Daily Telegraph column, Mr Johnson wrote: "In our own modest way, we live in a Boko Haram world, where it all depends on the swirling rage of the internet mob, and where terrified bureaucrats and politicians are borne along on a torrent of confected outrage.

"There is no consistency in the outlook of the Nigerian maniacs: they use weapons produced by the very capitalist system they claim to deplore, for instance.

"There is certainly no logic at the BBC. They should restore Mr Lowe to his job - if he will take it - and the entire BBC board should go down to Devon to apologise in person, and at their own expense."

He added: "Their treatment of this man is utterly disgraceful.

Mr Johnson wrote that "a clerisy of self-appointed internet witchdoctors went completely loco - or perhaps boko is the word" when footage emerged of Jeremy Clarkson using the 'N' word.

Mr Lowe, 68, apologised to officials at BBC Radio Devon, but he said it fell on deaf ears.

Emma Clements, the station's acting editor, reportedly told Mr Lowe that while he had "properly" dealt with his mistake, she thought it would be best for him to step aside.

After his exit, Mr Lowe claims he was asked to say he was pursuing other interests.

However, he refused and made the reasons public through his website.

The BBC has offered him his job back, but Mr Lowe said he declined because his departure caused him so much stress and flared up a medical condition he suffers from.

A BBC spokeswoman said the corporation admitted the discussion about Mr Lowe's future "could have been handled better" and said the "door remained open" should he want to return.

Prime Minister David Cameron also waded into the row, saying he thought the BBC was being unfair.

He told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "It does seem, in this case, where if he really didn't know what was on the record, it does seem slightly unfair."

He added: "The word in question is awful and unacceptable and people shouldn't use it, now let's be clear about that.

"We've come a long way as a country in trying to drive racism out of our country, and that is a really important thing."

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9:55am Mon 12 May 14

ChannelX says...

Boris has this entirely correct. We live in a nation where those who proclaim their 'liberal' identities are, by far, the most controlling and fascist people you'll ever have the displeasure to interact with.
Boris has this entirely correct. We live in a nation where those who proclaim their 'liberal' identities are, by far, the most controlling and fascist people you'll ever have the displeasure to interact with. ChannelX
  • Score: 7

10:08am Mon 12 May 14

totallyfootball says...

After all the things that have gone on at the BBC i.e. Savile there are having a laugh, this is nothing compared to any of that!
After all the things that have gone on at the BBC i.e. Savile there are having a laugh, this is nothing compared to any of that! totallyfootball
  • Score: 3

10:47am Mon 12 May 14

BeyondImagination says...

The original is on youtube with 75,000 views. The publicity will make it compulsive viewing which totally defeats the politically correct idiots at the BBC.
The original is on youtube with 75,000 views. The publicity will make it compulsive viewing which totally defeats the politically correct idiots at the BBC. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 3

12:38pm Mon 12 May 14

MrDoooon says...

The BBC should be disbanded, it is no-longer fit for purpose and is completely out of touch with the public.
The BBC should be disbanded, it is no-longer fit for purpose and is completely out of touch with the public. MrDoooon
  • Score: 2

3:46pm Mon 12 May 14

bmoc55 says...

What a farce!!! It would be laughable except this raises the issue of free speech.
The past two weeks has seen a surge in so-called complaints starting with Jeremy Clarkson's mutterings and ending with this ridiculous move by the BBC. All in the name of political correctness which is creating a dangerous climate of self censorship.
Words, actions and now songs are being slowly eliminated by the thought facists. How long before we will all be condemned just for thinking?
Speak up Britain and don't let these champange liberals and their nasty small minded supporters turn us into a North Korea.

Bernard
(Free Speech 4 Britain)
What a farce!!! It would be laughable except this raises the issue of free speech. The past two weeks has seen a surge in so-called complaints starting with Jeremy Clarkson's mutterings and ending with this ridiculous move by the BBC. All in the name of political correctness which is creating a dangerous climate of self censorship. Words, actions and now songs are being slowly eliminated by the thought facists. How long before we will all be condemned just for thinking? Speak up Britain and don't let these champange liberals and their nasty small minded supporters turn us into a North Korea. Bernard (Free Speech 4 Britain) bmoc55
  • Score: 2

4:28pm Mon 12 May 14

shy talk says...

The BBC screened the Dam Busters film some months back. Guy Gibson black Labrador dog is still called N**ger. Much to my surprise.
The BBC screened the Dam Busters film some months back. Guy Gibson black Labrador dog is still called N**ger. Much to my surprise. shy talk
  • Score: 1
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