BBC journalist Amol Rajan apologises for critical comments about royals

BBC journalist Amol Rajan apologises for critical comments about royals

12/2/2021 3:50:00 PM

BBC journalist Amol Rajan apologises for critical comments about royals

The former editor of the Independent newspaper recently fronted a documentary exploring the relationship between William and Harry and the media.

He said: “In reference to very reasonable questions about some foolish commentary from a former life, I want to say I deeply regret it.“I wrote things that were rude and immature and I look back on them now with real embarrassment, and ask myself what I was thinking, frankly.

“I would like to say sorry for any offence they caused then or now.“I’m completely committed to impartiality and hope our recent programmes can be judged on their merits.”The BBC declined to comment further.In a previous statement, a spokeswoman for the broadcaster said: “Once journalists join the BBC, they leave past views at the door. Amol is an experienced BBC journalist who reports on all of the topics he covers in an impartial way and in line with the BBC’s editorial guidelines.”

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Bank of Ireland fined 24.5m euro for breaching IT regulations He said: “In reference to very reasonable questions about some foolish commentary from a former life, I want to say I deeply regret it. “I wrote things that were rude and immature and I look back on them now with real embarrassment, and ask myself what I was thinking, frankly. “I would like to say sorry for any offence they caused then or now. “I’m completely committed to impartiality and hope our recent programmes can be judged on their merits.” The BBC declined to comment further. In a previous statement, a spokeswoman for the broadcaster said: “Once journalists join the BBC, they leave past views at the door. Amol is an experienced BBC journalist who reports on all of the topics he covers in an impartial way and in line with the BBC’s editorial guidelines.” It comes after BBC Two’s The Princes And The Press, which was presented by Rajan, was criticised by the royal households for giving credibility to “overblown and unfounded claims”, and prompted the broadcast of a special Christmas carol service led by the Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey to be moved from the BBC to ITV. The two-part documentary included suggestions that negative stories about the Duchess of Sussex were leaked by courtiers and there was a competitiveness between households. Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace took the rare step of issuing a joint statement to the broadcaster which was included at the end of the BBC Two documentary. Recommended