BBC apologises after 'inappropriate comment' during D-Day programme

File photo dated 10/07/23 of a general view of BBC Broadcasting House, in central London. The BBC has experienced a year of highs and lows from marking milestone anniversaries and hosting major events, to facing high-profile departures and a series of investigations. Issue date: Sunday December 24, 2023.
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The BBC has offered an apology for an "inappropriate comment" heard during a D-Day commemoration programme.

On June 5, the programme titled 'D-Day 80: Tribute To The Fallen', hosted by Kirsty Young from the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Bayeux, France was aired. A snippet of the broadcast has been making rounds on social media and features an unidentifiable voice saying: "French arseholes".

A spokesman representing the BBC stated: "We sincerely apologise for an inappropriate comment that was captured during live coverage of the D-Day 80 event in Bayeux."

According to PA news agency, the circumstance led to the brief unavailability of the programme on BBC iPlayer for editing purposes, however, it has now returned.

This year's coverage of D-Day by the BBC incorporated a string of special programmes, one being an event at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer graced by the King and Queen on Thursday.

Kirsty Young arrives at The Podcast Show, the biggest International festival for the business of podcasting, at the Business Design Centre in Islington, north London. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2024.
The programme was presented by Kirsty Young -Credit:PA Wire/PA Images

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During the occasion, the King paid homage to the "remarkable wartime generation", expressing his deep gratitude. He told attendees: "It is with the most profound sense of gratitude that we remember them and all who served at that critical time."

Commemorations for the day commenced in the early hours with a military piper at Gold Beach in Arromanches, marking the precise instance of invasion by performing a lament at sea.

Wednesday saw yet another touching ceremony in Portsmouth, where the teary-eyed King saluted the "courage, resilience and solidarity" of veterans.

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