The BBC apologized after commentators scoffed that Catholics had been ‘cleaned out of Scotland’ by John Knox whereas lighting the Queen’s coffin.

The comment was made throughout a dwell broadcast of the royal hearse en route from Balmoral to Edinburgh on Sunday, as crowds stuffed the Royal Mile.

When the Queen’s coffin was to relaxation in St Giles’ Cathedral, a BBC presenter talked about Knox, his radical minister throughout the Scottish Reformation.

The visitor author then stated, “Definitely John Knox was your nice Scottish Protestant reformer who cleansed Scotland of Catholics.”

After the MC responded “that’s how historical past remembers him,” there was laughter from a number of MCs who have been off-screen on a regular basis.

The obvious frivolity concerning Catholic struggling brought on many complaints from viewers.

Amongst those that complained was Chris McEleney, common secretary of Alex Salmond’s Alba get together, who at this time launched his response from the company.

It stated: “Thanks for contacting us concerning the feedback and response within the studio about Scottish Presbyterian John Knox made throughout our dwell broadcast of the casket of HM Queen Elizabeth II in Edinburgh on 11 September.

“We apologize for the offense brought on by this unrecorded change.

“Your issues have been included in our in a single day report. These experiences are some of the broadly learn sources of suggestions on the BBC and assist inform our future editorial judgments. We apologize once more.”

Mr McEleney stated: “It is good that the BBC has acknowledged that they needed to apologize for the ridiculous remarks, however what’s nonetheless disappointing is that they appear to be hushing up the incident.

“Not solely was this the newest in an extended record of uninformed feedback about Scotland and our historical past throughout the BBC’s protection of the Queen’s passing, it was overtly anti-Catholic in tone and response.

“At a time when many can be asking questions that contact on the core of Catholic prejudice within the UK as a result of sectarian ingredient of the Affiliation Council, the BBC must do higher and decide precisely what motion they’re going to take. ”


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