The Grand National, BBC1, 14 April 2012 - Finding by the Editorial Complaints Unit

Complaint

A viewer complained that archive material in a tribute to the late Ginger McCain (the trainer of Red Rum) included an offensive and homophobic phrase.

 

Outcome

The programme-makers had intended to illustrate Mr McCain’s reputation as “a character” and “a joker”, but the selection of a clip in which he used the phrase “poof’s paradise” was not an appropriate illustration in this context.

 

Further action

The programme-makers have been reminded of their duty to exercise caution when considering the use of material that could cause offence to some viewers.

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