Iain Lee’s “racist” comments are edited, then removed, then put back online

Iain Lee
Iain Lee

A radio show where the presenter told a colleague to “go and do the Black and Asian show” during an on-air row has been edited, then removed, and finally restored in full online by BBC bosses.

Last week Iain Lee was on the BBC Three Counties Radio breakfast show on Friday morning when he was having a mock row with producer Paul Scoins.

But the banter took a racial twist when Mr Scoins said that he was leaving the studio during the argument.

The comments by Iain Lee were condemned by race and equality bosses.

After making chicken noises on air, Mr Lee said: “Go on. Go on. Go back to the Black and Asian show.

“Bye bye. Bye bye. Bye bye.”

Navrita Atwal, chief executive of Milton Keynes Equality Council, said: “We have listened to the audio of the show and are concerned that programmes aimed at the Black and Asian community are being dismissed as less significant or important than others by the comment ‘Go on and do your Black and Asian show’.

“We appreciate that there may be banter between the presenter and producer of the programme, but the presenter should have shown sensitivity to the impact that such comments may have on listeners.

“We will be in touch with the BBC to express our concern.”

Iain Lee has presented on Three Counties Radio since 2012, broadcasting across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. He may be best known for his television work, including The 11 O’Clock Show, RI:SE, and Channel 5’s Big Brother UK spin-off show Bit On The Psych.

A BBC Three Counties Radio spokesperson said: “We have spoken to Iain and made clear to him that these comments are unacceptable. He accepts this and has apologised. We apologise for any offence caused.”

They added: “An edited version of the programme was uploaded to BBC iPlayer without the correct authorisation. This has been rectified and the full programme is now available.”

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