Thursday 27 July 2017

BBC criticised for 'shockingly insensitive' Ian Brady playlist

Murderer Ian Brady who has died aged 79 Photo: Handout/PA
Murderer Ian Brady who has died aged 79 Photo: Handout/PA

Helena Horton

A local BBC station has come under fire for their lighthearted 'guess who it is from the songs' game - in which the answer was Moors murderer Ian Brady.

On BBC Radio Leeds, listeners were told to look out for clues in the songs to see who they were about.

During the Sunday morning show, guest-hosted by BBC York’s Nathan Turvey, he played music including the theme song for The Brady Bunch, and The Smiths’ song Suffer Little Children.

They also played All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople and Psycho Killer by the Talking Heads.The post with the clip has been deleted from Facebook after outcry,  and has been removed from iPlayer.

One Twitter user wrote: "What next @RadioLeeds ? A musical quiz about Auschwitz ?"

Another said: "I've never heard anything on the radio that is in such poor taste. Staggering. #radioleeds"

Police searching on Saddleworth Moor for victims of moors murderer Ian Brady, who has died at the age of 79, at Ashworth High Secure Hospital, Merseyside Photo: PA Wire
Police searching on Saddleworth Moor for victims of moors murderer Ian Brady, who has died at the age of 79, at Ashworth High Secure Hospital, Merseyside Photo: PA Wire

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Brady and his accomplice Myra Hindley murdered five children in the 1960s, and buried four of their bodies  in Saddleworth Moor in the south Pennines.

They never said where they buried the body of the fifth child, and Brady carried the secret with him to his death when he died last week.

A spokesperson from the BBC said: "This is clearly unacceptable and we apologise."

Telegraph.co.uk

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