Rachel Burden: BBC presenter apologises for saying 'f***' live on air when discussing Chris Grayling

Burden and her co-presenter Nicky Campbell were discussing former justice secretary Chris Grayling’s legacy when she made the slip

Clarisse Loughrey@clarisselou
Thursday 16 May 2019 09:13
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BBC presenter Rachel Burden: apologises for swearing live on air when discussing Chris Grayling

A BBC host has apologised after accidentally dropping an f-bomb while discussing Chris Grayling live on breakfast radio.

BBC Radio 5 Live’s Rachel Burden and her co-presenter Nicky Campbell were the discussing former justice secretary's legacy when she made the slip.

While speaking to home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw on Thursday’s show, Burden said: ”Chris Grayling seems to have been in charge of various departmental gaffes, f***-ups, mismanagement, controversies, and yet he’s still there in cabinet.”

The discussion had been focused on a decision for the National Probation Service to supervise all offenders in England and Wales, reversing a part-privatisation decision made by Grayling in 2014.

Those involved continued seemingly unaware, without drawing attention to the gaff.

Burden later apologised, after she’d been alerted to her mistake. ”By the way, I think a bad word may have slipped out, although that wasn’t the intention. It wasn’t what I’d thought I said,” she said.

“So, I apologise if anybody heard bad language earlier on. That wasn’t what was supposed to happen.”

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