Report: BBC to cut Israel 'apartheid' remarks from UK concert broadcast

August 18, 2013 02:39

The BBC was reportedly set to cut remarks about "apartheid" in Israel made by a British violinist when his concert is aired next week in the UK, Al-Arabiya reported.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a bit facile to say it but we all know from experiencing this night of music tonight that giving equality and getting rid of apartheid means there's a chance for amazing things to happen," Nigel Kennedy as saying during his performance last week at the Proms music festival alongside Palestinian artists.

A BBC spokesperson told Al-Arabiya that comments made by Kennedy likening the situation in Israel to apartheid in South Africa were cut due to "editorial reasons".

“Nigel’s comment to the audience at his late-night prom on August 8 will not be included in the deferred BBC 4 broadcast on August 23 because it does not fall within the editorial remit of the proms as a classical music festival” Al-Arabiya quoted the BBC spokesperson as saying.

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