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Weekend ReadsBBC radio presenter fired over racist royal baby tweet

19:16  09 may  2019
19:16  09 may  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The BBC sacks the presenter over his " royal baby " image of a chimp in a suit holding hands with a couple. The corporation said Baker's tweet "goes against the values we as a station aim to embody". It added: "Danny's a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show

The BBC has fired broadcaster Danny Baker after he tweeted an image of a chimpanzee wearing clothes captioned “ Royal Baby leaves hospital”. Danny’s a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us,” a BBC spokesperson said commenting on the incident.

BBC radio presenter fired over racist royal baby tweet © Dominic Lipinski/AP Royal baby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire. Picture date: Wednesday May 8, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire URN:42739973 (Press Association via AP Images)

BBC radio broadcaster Danny Baker has been fired after posting a racist tweet about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby.

On Wednesday, the BBC Radio 5 Live presenter tweeted a black and white photo of a man and woman holding hands with a chimpanzee in a suit and a top hat, with the caption, "Royal baby leaves hospital."

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Reuters reports he BBC has fired a British radio presenter who tweeted an image of a chimpanzee dressed in clothes below the caption “ Royal Baby leaves

The tweet quickly went viral, despite Baker deleting it, with many accusing him of criticising Meghan Markle’s racial heritage on the day she posed in "Apologetic" Danny Baker insists he didn't realise the connotations of a tweet which got him sacked from the BBC . The radio DJ posted a photo of a

Amid widespread accusations of racism, Baker deleted the tweet and said he was sorry the "gag" had "whipped some up." He claimed the connotations had not occurred to him because his "mind (is) not diseased."

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In a second message, Baker said that the tweet was "supposed to be a joke about Royals vs circus animals in posh clothes but interpreted as about monkeys & race, so rightly deleted. Royal watching not my forte." On Thursday, the broadcaster said he made an "enormous mistake."

A BBC spokesperson said: "This was a serious error of judgment and goes against the values we as a station aim to embody. Danny's a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us."

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Baker shared a short message on Twitter saying he'd been fired by BBC 5 Live, where the 61-year-old broadcaster presented a weekend show. Royal fans celebrate outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire after Buckingham Palace announced the news of the birth of a baby boy born to Prince Harry and

BBC radio broadcaster Danny Baker has been fired after posting a racist tweet about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new baby . On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex presented the baby , their first, to the world in front of selected media. In a significant milestone for British society

Baker responded defiantly to the decision, saying on Twitter that the calls for his dismissal were a "masterclass in pompous faux-gravity" and that the BBC "literally threw me under the bus."

Prince Harry and Meghan's newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born early on Monday morning. On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex presented the baby, their first, to the world in front of selected media.

In a significant milestone for British society, the newborn has made history by becoming the first biracial child in the royal family.

Since the announcement of her pregnancy, Meghan has been a target of racist abuse across social media.

In March, Kensington Palace staff announced they would devote more resources to deleting comments targeting the Duchess of Sussex, and to blocking abusive Twitter and Instagram accounts. The royal household also issued a set of guidelines for people engaging with its social media channels.

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The BBC has fired broadcaster Danny Baker after he tweeted an image of a chimpanzee wearing clothes captioned " Royal Baby leaves hospital". Danny's a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us," a BBC spokesperson said commenting on the incident.

The radio presenter had previously apologised after tweeting a "stupid, unthinking" joke about the royal baby featuring a chimpanzee.

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