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BBC says sorry over air crash joke

Published 15/04/2015

The BBC said it had received 'a handful' of complaints about the remarks
The BBC said it had received 'a handful' of complaints about the remarks

The BBC has apologised after former spin doctor Lord Bell cracked a joke about the Germanwings air disaster during a radio interview.

The peer, a former adviser to Lady Thatcher told the joke to Radio 5 Live host Adrian Chiles during a discussion about using humour in elections.

He told Chiles: " There's a terrible 'knock knock' joke going around at the moment which I'm not going to do on air because I'll probably get shot."

He then told it anyway.

Chiles apologised to listeners at the end of yesterday's programme.

A BBC spokesman said: "Lord Bell was a guest on the 5 live Daily programme and made some insensitive comments live on-air, which we apologised to listeners for."

Evidence from the plane, which crashed into the French Alps, indicates that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked his captain out of the cockpit before putting the Airbus A320 into a descent from which it crashed into a mountainside, killing all 150 on board, including three Britons.

The BBC said it had received "a handful" of complaints about the remarks.

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