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Sun Mar 29 21:33:08 SAST 2015

BBC sorry for playing Hendrix shooting song after Pistorius bulletin

Sapa-AFP | 19 February, 2013 15:53
Oscar Pistorius is led away from the Boschkop police station in Pretoria yesterday. He was arrested in connection with the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, killed on St Valentine's Day
Image by: JAMES OATWAY

The BBC apologised after one of its radio stations followed a report Tuesday about Paralympics star Oscar Pistorius's court hearing with a song about a man shooting his girlfriend.

The bulletin on the digital station Radio 6 Music was followed by the Jimi Hendrix Experience's version of Hey Joe.

The song begins: "Hey Joe, where you going with that gun in your hand? I'm going out to shoot my old lady, you know I caught her messing around with another man".

A BBC spokeswoman said: "In light of the nature of the news story, we apologise for any offence caused by the proximity of the song 'Hey Joe' to the bulletin. An on-air apology was made immediately the mistake was realised."

South African athlete Pistorius was in court in Pretoria on Tuesday for a bail hearing on charges he murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day.

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