BBC apologises for airing shooting song after bulletin

Feb 20, 2013, 08:53 IST | AFP

The BBC apologised after one of its radio stations followed a report yesterday about Paralympics star Oscar Pistorius' court hearing with a song about a man shooting his girlfriend

The bulletin on the digital station Radio 6 Music was followed by the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s version of ‘Hey Joe.’ The song begins: ‘Hey Joe, where you going with that gun in your hand? I'm going out to shoot my old lady, you know I caught her messing around with another man.’

A BBC spokeswoman said: “In light of the nature of the news story, we apologise for any offence caused by the proximity of the song ‘Hey Joe’ to the bulletin. An on-air apology was made immediately the mistake was realised.”

SA athlete Pistorius was in court in Pretoria yesterday for a bail hearing on charges he murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb 14.

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