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BBC broke rules over Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson's 'racial' comment

By Anthony Barnes

Just three months after Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson was given a final warning by the BBC about racist comments, TV regulator Ofcom has found that the broadcaster broke rules over another "racial" term used by the presenter.

In the latest incident, the regulator decided a comment made by the controversial star during the programme's Burma special screened in March was offensive.

The ruling concerned a scene in the show which the presenters were involved in the construction of a makeshift bridge over the River Kwai and viewers saw an Asian man walking on the bamboo crossing, while Clarkson declared: "That is a proud moment – but there is a slope on it."

Two viewers were concerned that the word "slope" was an offensive racist term.

An Ofcom spokesperson said: "After a thorough investigation, Ofcom has found the BBC breached broadcasting rules by including an offensive racial term in Top Gear, which was not justified by context."

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