Thursday, August 11, 2011
BBC apologises to Darkus Howe
The BBC has apologised to viewers following their live interview with Darkus Howe on 9 August. Speaking in the aftermath of the riots in Croydon, Darkus Howe, a veteran broadcaster and columnist, was commenting on the deep-rooted causes of the violence. During the interview Fiona Armstrong of the BCC said: "You are not a stranger to riots yourself I understand, are you? You have taken part in them." Howe replied: "I have never taken part in a single riot. I've been part of demonstrations that ended up in a conflict… Stop accusing me of being a rioter and have some respect for an old West Indian negro, because you wanted for me to get abusive. You just sound idiotic." The awkward conversation was further troubled by what were apparently technical difficulties resulting in Howe and Armstrong talking over one other.