A white BBC presenter has been slammed after she said ‘n****r’ in a report on a racist hit-and-run attack on a black NHS worker.
Social affairs correspondent Fiona Lamdin used the offensive language when covering a collision between a Honda Accord and a 21-year-old man in Bristol.
The car was said to have deliberately hit the victim as he left Southmead Hospital after a shift last Wednesday.
Horrified witnesses said he was flung from the pavement into a nearby garden as two thugs reportedly hurled racist abuse at him.
Social affairs correspondent Fiona Lamdin used the offensive language when covering a collision between a Honda Accord and a 21-year-old man (pictured) in Bristol
Lamdin shocked viewers during the 10.30am clip for BBC Points West yesterday – which was replayed on the BBC News Channel today – when she said: ‘Just to warn you, you’re about to hear highly offensive language.
‘Because as the men ran away, they hurled racial abuse, calling him a n*****.’
BBC guidance says strong language should not be used before the 9pm watershed, but ‘n****r’ is usually seen as too rude to ever air.
Lamdin shocked viewers during the 10.30am clip when she said: ‘Just to warn you, you’re about to hear highly offensive language’
Watchdog Ofcom said in 2016 the word was ‘highly unacceptable at all times’ but could be used when ‘strong contextualisation [is] required’.
Social media users blasted Lamdin and the BBC for using the word uncensored and so early in the day.
LBC producer Ava Santina posted: ‘BBC News have just used N***** without bleeping, non-censored on daytime television. Read by a journalist. Terrible editorial decision.’
Freelance multimedia journalist Zab Mustefa put: ‘I’m just wondering why you thought it’s acceptable to drop the n-word in your report on BBC News?
‘Didn’t you get the memo? Non-Black people can never say that word, even when describing a racist incident.’
Another person posted: ‘Actually can’t believe they just repeated the n-word on my local BBC news during a report about a racist attack.
‘Even with a warning, is there any need to say it? It’s pretty easy to hint at what was said without using the word.
Avon and Somerset Police are still probing the racially motivated attack, which left the victim with a broken leg, nose and cheekbone.
Witnesses described how a car was deliberately driven at the man as he walked home from work at Southmead Hospital in the city at about 4.30pm last Wednesday.
Two men were heard to shout racial abuse at the man, a keen musician, before running from the dark blue Honda Accord.
The victim, who has not been named, will also require plastic surgery to his face and leg.
Neighbourhood Inspector Lorna Dallimore, of Avon and Somerset Police, described the incident as ‘abhorrent’.
‘The use of a car as a weapon could easily have resulted in even more serious injury, or worse,’ she said.
‘We’re continuing to treat it as a racially aggravated serious assault and our inquiries are continuing at pace.’
A dedicated investigation team are being supported by officers from the force’s Major Crime Investigation Team.
They are ‘making good progress to identify those responsible for this incident’, Inspector Dallimore said.
‘We’ve carried out a full forensic examination of the car which was recovered from the scene and are awaiting the results of those inquiries,’ she said.
The man, who has been affected both mentally and physically by the assault, said he wanted people to ‘be aware’ of what had happened
‘We’re also continuing to take witness statements, complete house-to-house inquiries and ensure we’ve done a full review of any available CCTV.
‘I’d like to reiterate that a full investigation is being carried out and at this time, there is no intelligence or information to indicate there’s a further risk to the public.
‘Thankfully incidents like this are rare, and if anyone has concerns or worries then I would urge them to speak to officers with their local neighbourhood policing team.’
The victim, who has been recording music since 2017, said he felt ‘lucky to be alive’ following the attack.
He is facing at least six months of recovery time and is currently walking on crutches and sleeping sitting up.
‘This has been an awful incident. I wish it had never happened. I am lucky to be alive,’ he said in a statement issued through the charity SARI (Stand Against Racism & Inequality).
‘However, it has happened and what I want now is to make sure it doesn’t happen to any other person. I want to raise awareness about racism and I want people to stop this hatred.’
The victim said the two men and the attack did not represent city, which he described as being made up of ‘many different communities’.
The victim, who is an NHS worker, had been leaving work at Southmead Hospital when he was attacked
Since the incident, he has been ‘overwhelmed’ by support from those who helped him at the scene, as well as friends and the local community.
‘I want to thank the witnesses who came forward and those who helped look after me and get me to hospital,’ he added.
‘I want to thank the doctors and nurses who have done all they can to treat my injuries.
‘I want to thank the police for all they are doing to try and bring these offenders to justice.’ He said the incident had affected him both physically and mentally.
In a statement, Sari described the incident as ‘horrific’ and said it would continue to support the victim and his family.
The charity said: ‘We would like to thank the police for their hard work to date as they proceed with their investigation.
‘We very much hope that the offenders will be identified, charged and prosecuted as swiftly as possible so this appalling crime can be dealt with as it should and to prevent harm to anyone else.’
Chief Executive of North Bristol NHS Trust Andrea Young said the organisation was ‘horrified’ that such an attack could happen to ‘one of our friends and colleagues’.
She said: ‘Racism, in any form, has no place in our society and that an attack such as this can happen is shocking.’
Deputy Mayor of Bristol Asher Craig described the incident as ‘appalling and sickening’.
‘We stand in solidarity with this citizen and condemn the abhorrent behaviour of the perpetrators,’ she said.
‘No-one in Bristol, or anywhere in the world, should be subject to race hate crime and violence and we will do all we can to drive out this behaviour in our city.’
The BBC has been contacted for comment.