Iain Lee and the BBC apologise for interview

BBC Three Counties Radio and Iain Lee have said sorry after complaints were received about an interview on homosexuality.

The conversation with Libby Powell, from campaign group Christian Concern on November 3rd got heated which ended up with Iain Lee saying prison worker Revd Barry Trayhorn was “obnoxious” and “poisonous”.

Trayhorn is taking his employer to a tribunal amid claims he was forced to resign for reading a Bible verse about homosexuality.

When Ms Powell said homophobia was a fear Mr Lee said it was a “cute answer” but homophobia was a “hatred of gays”.

The seven minute interview was at 6.15am on November 3rd, as the first item on Iain’s weekday breakfast show.

A statement from senior editorial staff told Premier Christian Radio: “The BBC – and Iain Lee himself – wish to apologise for any offence that may have been caused.” Iain Lee apologised on air and said: “Last week I interviewed the Revd Barry Trayhorn and solicitor Libby Powell about their understanding of biblical teaching on homosexuality.

“I want to make it clear that I apologise for any offence that may have been caused over the way I conducted the interviews.”

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