The BBC is still hoping it could work with DJ Sideman in the future after his resignation from 1Xtra forced the corporation to U-turn on the decision to broadcast the N-word. BBC bosses had no warning that David Whitely, aka Sideman, was about to quit the radio station when he published an Instagram video on Saturday saying he no longer felt able to work with the corporation. Amid fears of further staff resignations and protests, BBC director general Tony Hall stepped in on Sunday and overruled the original decision, saying “every organisation should be able to acknowledge when it has made a mistake”. Whitely declined to comment on Monday amid speculation inside the BBC that he could soon return to the airwaves. The original broadcast on the local Points West bulletin featured a reporter repeating racist language, allegedly used in a hit-and-run attack in Bristol. It was rebroadcast on BBC News where it attracted attention on social media and more than 18,000 complaints. BBC News management strongly defended the decision, internally to diversity groups and externally, insisting the decision to broadcast the language was made following careful consideration and with the approval of the victim. Instead the incident has again… Read full this story
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