I’m not sure the BBC can live this down…Puerile BBC censorship of the word ‘girl’ in case it offends

Posted: 26 May, 2014 in BBC
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queens baton releay The BBC has been caught up in another ludicrous censorship row after the broadcaster cut the word girl from a programme about the Commonwealth Games over fears it could cause offence.Mark Beaumont, the presenter, was being filmed grappling with a judo champion, and after he was sent crashing to the floor he said:

I am not sure I can live that down – being beaten by a 19-year-old girl.

When the half-hour episode of The Queen’s Baton Relay was originally aired in April on the BBC News channel, the remark was broadcast in full. However, the word girl was edited out of a repeat of the programme, leading the Corporation facing claims it had been overly politically correct and sanctimonious.

A BBC spokeswoman said the unedited version of the documentary was broadcast soon after being filmed because the baton’s tour was treated as a news event. She added:

They had more time to edit it the second time. Mark didn’t mean to cause offence. But the word ‘girl’ was taken out just in case it did.

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