Sideman quits Radio 1Xtra following use of racial slurs by BBC


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BBC 1Xtra DJ Sideman has left the station for using a racial slur in a BBC News report.

Sideman, real name David Whately, said in a statement that “taking action and advocating for action feels like a slap in the face of our community.”

The N word was used in its entirety in a report on a racist attack in Bristol, broadcast by Points West and the BBC News Channel.

The BBC subsequently defended the use of the insult but admitted it was offensive.

Over 18,600 complaints were lodged with the BBC during the show.

The company said it wanted to report the word allegedly used in the attack, and the move was supported by the victim’s family.

In a video on Instagram, Sideman said, “I’ve thought a lot about what I’m about to say and what it means. And on this occasion, I just don’t think I can look away. ”

The BBC report, which airs Wednesday, July 29, describes an attack on a 21-year-old NHS worker and musician known as K or K-Dogg.

He had been hit by a car on July 22 on his way to a bus stop from his place of work, Bristol’s Southmead Hospital. He suffered serious injuries, including a broken leg, nose and cheekbone.

Police said the incident was being treated as a racist aggravation because of the racist language used by the occupants of the car.


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