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Newstalk's Claire is criticised over SuBo

Newstalk anchor Claire Byrne has been criticised by the broadcasting watchdog for branding troubled singer Susan Boyle a freak.

The breakfast time radio host (pictured) sparked controversy last November when she said on air that the Britain's Got Talent star was "not right in the head".

The remarks to Ivan Yates and Tom Dunne sparked an investigation by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).

The watchdog upheld a complaint by a member of the public in a ruling that attacked the comments as inherently offensive, disrespectful and not editorially justified.

The BAI rejected claims by Newstalk bosses that Ms Byrne was referring to the hit television talent show rather than the Scottish singer.

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