BBC faces inquiry calls after BNP comment on Ashley Cole on Radio 1

Peter Hain, the Welsh secretary, has condemned the BBC’s handling of an interview with two “anonymous” BNP members, claiming it casts serious doubt over “the corporation’s grip” on covering the far-right party.

The interview, broadcast on Radio 1’s Newsbeat programme, introduced the men as “two young guys who are members of the BNP” but failed to tell listeners that they were prominent party members and one was the BNP’s publicity director. The BBC now faces calls for an internal investigation after it received more than 100 complaints.

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