BBC hits back at bias claims after hosts response to ‘white’ Coronation comment

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The BBC has moved quickly to address complaints following presenter Paddy O’Connell’s response to Adjoa Andoh’s ‘terribly white’ comments regarding the Coronation of King Charles III on Saturday (May 6).

Bridgerton star Andoh made the now infamous remark about the Buckingham Palace balcony during a live broadcast at the time.

She said on ITV: “We’ve gone from the rich diversity of the Abbey to a terribly white balcony, I’m struck by that.”

It prompted viewers to hit out in their droves, with Ofcom receiving more than 4,000 complaints – a record so far this year.

A day later she appeared on O’Connell’s Radio 4 show in an attempt to play down her comments amid the huge backlash.

She explained: “I think I upset a few people yesterday, I was talking about the day and how marvellous it was and then looking at the balcony at the end.

“And I suddenly went ‘ooh, it’s so white’ – because the day had been so so mixed. I didn’t mean to upset anybody, I just was…”

O’Connell interjected, telling the actress there was no need to apologise, adding: “You haven’t upset anyone.”

However, he quickly became the subject of scrutiny on social media himself, with some complaining directly to the BBC that he had ‘demonstrated bias’.

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Almost a week on, the Beeb has now issued a response, which reads: “While discussing coverage of the Coronation during our news review, Adjoa Andoh explained the context of a comment she had made the previous day, while appearing on ITV’s coverage of the event.

“Paddy O’Connell’s response to Ms Andoh wasn’t intended to downplay anyone’s viewpoint.

“We realise Ms Andoh’s remark had provoked a debate, which is why she chose to address it.”

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