Some BBC News employees asked their bosses on a private call what the point was of staying with the corporation, as they looked for reassurance that it was improving its reporting on race.
Bet it wasn’t one that came immediately to mind, though.
The director general, Tony Hall, issued a formal apology nine days after the broadcast amid fears of further resignations over the issue.
Staff on the call, who were variously described as “exasperated” and “very emotional”, also expressed strong concerns about the role of the BBC’s editorial policy unit, which approved the original decision to broadcast the language.
Way to persuade everyone that the stereotype of the overly emotional and excitable foreigner is a stereotype, Beeb drones!
The unit is led by David Jordan, the director of editorial policy and standards, who previously defended the BBC when it censured Naga Munchetty last autumn for expressing a personal view on racist comments made by Donald Trump.
Hall overturned that decision following a lengthy internal and external debate about attitudes towards race at the corporation, and Jordan has become a focus of discontent among some staff, gaining a reputation for trying to ensure that the BBC’s output is not excessively “woke”.
And we can’t have that, can we?
But don’t worry, Hall clearly is woke enough for the whole of the Beeb! He never saw a decision in favour of normal society he wasn’t able to overturn in favour of those who want it changed to suit themselves…
The N-word was used in a report on an alleged racist hit-and-run incident in Bristol. It is understood that two different versions of the report were originally cut for the regional Points West news bulletin, one featuring the word and one without.
Points West’s editors approved the version featuring the word following a discussion with a member of the editorial standards team, and the corporation has said the victim’s family approved the use of the language to emphasise the severity of the attack.
The victim’s family? Well, who are they to think they get a say?