Thursday 22 March 2018

BBC Newsnight editor Ian Katz apologises after tweeting that Labour guest was 'boring snoring'

Katz published written apology via Twitpic just over 30 minutes ago

Newsnight editor Ian Katz and Labour shadow cabinet minister Rachel Reeves
Newsnight editor Ian Katz and Labour shadow cabinet minister Rachel Reeves

Newsnight editor Ian Katz has apologised after he accidentally sent a message to his 26,000 Twitter followers describing a Labour MP who appeared on the show as 'boring snoring'.

Ian Katz, who is only in his second week of the job, revealed his thoughts on Labour shadow cabinet minister Rachel Reeves when he mistakenly sent out a public message on Twitter instead of a private message.

The former Guardian deputy editor was left embarrassed after the message was Tweeted to his more than 26,000 followers on the social networking site.

The tweet appears to have been posted in response to a comment about the programme and referred to the MP as "boring snoring Rachel reeves". Reeves responded to the tweet with a simple "thanks" and the insult was promptly deleted.

Later Mr Katz tweeted an apology, saying: "Accidentally sent v ill-judged tweet... Thought was DM but in any circs(sic) wrong. Have apologised."

Labour party officials demanded a written apology upon threat of boycott, and Katz published a written statement via a Twitter pic just over 30 minutes ago.

In the picture, posted to Twitter, Katz reiterates his apology but says he doesn't accept that his tweet "reflected in any way on the impartiality or fairness of Newsnight", instead reflecting on the "determination to make Newsnight as interesting as I can".

Mr Katz was appointed Newsnight editor in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal. He had worked at the Guardian for more than 20 years as a reporter, foreign correspondent, features editor and editor of the Saturday Guardian.

Ms Reeves is MP for Leeds West and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

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