BBC Radio 5 Live host Rachel Burden is forced to apologise over f-bomb

BBC Radio 5 Live host Rachel Burden is forced to apologise after accidentally dropping the f-bomb live on breakfast radio by saying Chris Grayling had been in charge of various ‘f*** ups’

  • The radio broadcaster was discussing former justice secretary Chris Grayling
  • Referring to his time in the role, Burden claimed he’d overseen various ‘f*** ups’ 
  • The discussion on BBC Radio 5 Live continued without any mention of f-bomb
  • Alerted to mistake, Burden apologised to listeners of the show for the ‘bad word’

BBC Radio 5 Live host Rachel Burden was forced to apologise after she accidentally dropped the f-bomb live on breakfast radio.

The broadcaster and co-presenter Nicky Campbell were discussing former justice secretary Chris Grayling when she claimed he’d been in charge of various ‘f*** ups’.

They were talking about a decision for the probation service to supervise all offenders in England and Wales, reversing a move made by Grayling in 2014.

Burden said: ‘Chris Grayling seems to have been in charge of various departmental gaffes, f*** ups, mismanagement, controversies, and yet he’s still there in cabinet.’

BBC Radio 5 Live host Rachel Burden (pictured) was forced to apologise after she accidentally dropped the f-bomb live on breakfast radio.

The discussion, with home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw on Thursday’s show, continued with the presenters apparently unaware of the f-bomb.

It took place during a ‘twenties takeover’ in which ‘people aged 20 to 29 are at the top of the news agenda’ on the BBC show.

Alerted to her mistake, Burden apologised to listeners of the show for the ‘bad word’ just before 7am.

‘By the way, I think a bad word may have slipped out, although that wasn’t the intention. It wasn’t what I’d thought I said,’ she said.

Alerted to her mistake, Burden apologised to listeners of the show for the ‘bad word’ just before 7am, causing a raft of jokes on social media

‘So, I apologise if anybody heard bad language earlier on. That wasn’t what was supposed to happen.’

Campbell asked Burden if it had occurred ‘kind of unconsciously’.

‘I don’t know, but anyway, let’s not get into it,’ she replied. ‘I thought I’d said something else, but never mind.’

Campbell added: ‘I didn’t notice it because I just thought we were chatting like we normally chat.’

Burden replied: ‘Well yeah, exactly. Anyway, apologies to anyone who was offended.’

The broadcaster and co-presenter Nicky Campbell were discussing former justice secretary Chris Grayling (pictured on Tuesday) when she claimed he’d been in charge of various ‘f*** ups’

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