LONDON (AFP) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The BBC apologized Ã¢â‚¬Å“unreservedlyÃ¢â‚¬Â Tuesday after a radio presenter jokingly announced that Queen Elizabeth II had died.
Disc jockey Danny Kelly, 39, played the national anthem Ã¢â‚¬Å“God Save The QueenÃ¢â‚¬Â and told listeners he had an important announcement to make before saying: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Queen Elizabeth II has now died.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The joke was made Monday on BBC WM, the local radio service for Britain’s second city Birmingham and the surrounding West Midlands area.
A BBC spokesman said it was a reference to an item on Kelly’s Internet page.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We can confirm that Danny Kelly made an inappropriate remark about The Queen during his radio show,Ã¢â‚¬Â the spokesman said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Although made as part of a light-hearted piece about social media friends, and corrected on-air immediately after it was made, the comment was entirely inappropriate and the BBC apologizes unreservedly for it.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There was no intention to offend.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“BBC WM takes this comment very seriously. Action is being taken.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The spokesman could not say what action was under way.
Kelly’s biography on the BBC website describes the qualified chef and former second-hand car salesman as Ã¢â‚¬Å“outrageous, outspoken and often hilariousÃ¢â‚¬Â.
The BBC WM website says he has a Ã¢â‚¬Å“unique brand of humorÃ¢â‚¬Â.