Moment BBC News star is forced to issue grovelling on-air apology after ‘rude’ Nigel Farage comments

A BBC presenter was forced to apologise live on air for blasting Nigel Farage by claiming he used “customary inflammatory language”.

News channel host Geeta Guru-Murthy was forced to say sorry after breaching impartiality rules while the Reform president spoke at a campaign event in Dover.

Geeta Guru-Murthy said Nigel Farage had used 'customary inflammatory language'

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Geeta Guru-Murthy said Nigel Farage had used ‘customary inflammatory language’Credit: BBC

In the speech, Farage defended branding small boat crossings as an “invasion” and called for Channel migration to be declared a “national security emergency”.

Moments before the BBC cut to another story, the former UKIP leader quoted Polish PM Donald Tusk, who had previously said: “Aggressive young males are coming into Poland”.

As the channel ended its coverage of his speech, Ms Guru-Murthy, 56, said: “Nigel Farage with his customary inflammatory language there at a Reform UK press conference.

“He declined to stand for a seat. But we will have more on what Farage is saying.”

After a video of the comments went viral on social media, Farage posted on X/Twitter: “What happened to impartiality @Geetagurumurthy and @bbcpress?”

Speaking to The Sun in Dover, Farage added he was disappointed by the comment but would not make an official complaint.

He said: “I suppose she could say it was a genuine mistake.

“If I made an official complaint about every rude thing that was said about me I think I’d be quite busy.

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“I think she should just say, ‘Look, I’m sorry, I got it out of context’.

“That would be perfectly enough, not a grovelling apology.”

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Two hours later, Ms Guru-Murthy told viewers: “Now, an apology.

“Earlier today we heard live from Nigel Farage, speaking at that election event we just saw.

“When we came away from his live speech, I used language to describe it which didn’t meet the BBC’s editorial standards on impartiality.

“I’d like to apologise to Mr Farage and viewers for this.”

Earlier in the campaign event, Farage had jokingly referred to the BBC as the “state broadcaster” while taking questions.

Ms Guru-Murthy is a BBC veteran of 22 years and is the older sister of Channel 4 News and Strictly Come Dancing star Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

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The broadcaster made the claim in an item about the Liberal Democrats’ spring conference, in which it referred to Reform beating Sir Ed Davey’s party in the polls.

The corporation said at the time: “This sentence was subsequently removed from the article as it fell short of our usual editorial standards.”

Mr Farage had defended branding small boat crossings as an 'invasion' and called for Channel migration to be declared a 'national security emergency'.

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Mr Farage had defended branding small boat crossings as an ‘invasion’ and called for Channel migration to be declared a ‘national security emergency’.Credit: Reuters