A BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ abandoned the company’s use of the word N in a report of a racist attack in the UK, according to a BBC report and a DJ’s Instagram post.
David Whirily, who goes by the name Sideman on air, posted to Instagram on Saturday to say that he would leave his position with Radio 1Xtra in no time.
“I’m fine with the process, I’m fine with waiting, within the reason certain things will change but the BBC’s sanctioning of N due to a white person speaking on national television is something I am not objectionable, “Whisper in an Instagram post.
In an emailed statement to NBC News, a 1Xtra spokesperson called Whirily a “incredibly talented DJ.”
“We are obviously disappointed that he made this decision. We absolutely wish him well for the future. The door is always open for future projects,” the spokesperson said.
On July 29, the BBC broadcast a report about a musician and a National Health Service staff member who was hit by a car and broke his leg, nose and cheekbones, according to the BBC.
The suspects used racial profanity in the attack, police said, and it was being considered “exacerbating the race”, according to the BBC. The reporter in the segment, white, used all racial slurs when reporting the attack.
“This is a mistake in the sense that I can’t just smile at you during the process and act as if everything is okay. I was happy working with organizations until we all are. do it right, but this is more like doing it wrong. Whisper. “Action and the protection of the act is like a slap in the face of our community.”
The BBC initially defended the use of the word N when reporting the story, saying that the victim’s family wanted the full extent of the attack to be heard by the public, but later admitted to have made a mistake.
As of August 6, approximately 18,600 complaints have been raised about the broadcast.
In an email sent by CEO Tony Hall to BBC staff, routed to NBC News, Hall admitted that the BBC should “take a different approach.”
“This is the most important press activity the BBC should cover and we will continue to do so. However, in spite of these good intentions, I realize that we have created suffering in the end. for many people. Now, BBC accepts that we should have done it at the time of broadcasting and we are very sorry about that, “the email stated.
Hall added that the company will “strengthen our guidance on offensive language on our output.”
“Every organization can admit when it went wrong. We made a mistake here. It’s important that we listen – and learn, too. And that’s what we are going to do. keep doing, “he said.