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Reeva Steenkamp case: BBC sorry for playing shooting song after Oscar Pistorius bulletin

The bulletin on the digital station Radio 6 Music was followed by the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s version of “Hey Joe”.

A woman holds a photo of Reeva Steenkamp, as she leaves her funeral, in Port Elizabeth earlier.
A woman holds a photo of Reeva Steenkamp, as she leaves her funeral, in Port Elizabeth earlier.
Image: Schalk van Zuydam/AP/Press Association Images

THE BBC APOLOGISED after one of its radio stations followed a report today about Paralympics star Oscar Pistorius’s court hearing with a song about a man shooting his girlfriend.

The bulletin on the digital station Radio 6 Music was followed by the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s version of “Hey Joe”.

The song begins: “Hey Joe, where you going with that gun in your hand? I’m going out to shoot my old lady, you know I caught her messing around with another man”.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “In light of the nature of the news story, we apologise for any offence caused by the proximity of the song ‘Hey Joe’ to the bulletin. An on-air apology was made immediately the mistake was realised.”

South African athlete Pistorius was in court in Pretoria today for a bail hearing on charges he murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day.

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