Ofcom probes Clarkson's strike jibe
TV watchdog Ofcom has launched an investigation into Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson's comments about striking public sector workers.
The host was forced to apologise after saying all striking workers "should be shot".
The comments - made during The One Show on November 30 - led to more than 21,000 complaints to the BBC and almost 800 to Ofcom.
Ofcom is investigating the comments under broadcasting rules on "generally accepted standards".
"Ofcom has taken the decision to investigate comments made by Jeremy Clarkson on BBC1's The One Show," it said. "We will make the outcome of the investigation known in due course."
The TV regulator is also investigating other comments Clarkson made on The One Show describing people who kill themselves at railway stations as causing "immense" disruption to commuters.
The remarks about strikers led to condemnation by union leaders and politicians, with Prime Minister David Cameron branding Clarkson's comments "silly".
Earlier this year the BBC apologised about an item on BBC2's Top Gear which led to the Mexican ambassador complaining about the "outrageous, vulgar and inexcusable insults" made about Mexicans by Clarkson and co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond.
The BBC's editorial complaints unit upheld criticisms of the show and ruled that it reinforced stereotypes.
In February 2009, Clarkson famously called then-prime minister Gordon Brown a "one-eyed Scottish idiot" and in November the previous year, the BBC received almost 2,000 complaints when he joked about lorry drivers murdering prostitutes.