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Tuesday, 30 July, 2002, 11:51 GMT 12:51 UK
Dyke questioned over Welsh jibes
Anne Robinson
Anne Robinson's comments on Room 101 led to a string of complaints
BBC director general Greg Dyke has been questioned by police after a repeat showing of a show with Anne Robinson making anti-Welsh comments, it has emerged.

Two senior officers interviewed Mr Dyke at his London headquarters two weeks ago after the repeat of an episode of the BBC show, Room 101.

During the show, in which famous people talk about their pet hates, TV presenter Anne Robinson said she had never "taken to the Welsh" and that she found them "irritating and annoying".

"They are always so pleased with themselves," she said. "I've never taken to them. What are they for?"

Contravention

The presenter caused uproar in Wales and received a death threat after the show was originally broadcast.

She refused to apologise for her comments, but has since made her peace with the country.

A spokesman told BBC News Online: "We can confirm that two senior North Wales police detectives interviewed Greg Dyke, in London at the beginning of July concerning repeat showings of an episode of Room 101 involving Anne Robinson.

"Mr Dyke was interviewed regarding possible contravention of the Race Relations Act and investigations are continuing."

Under the Act, it is a criminal offence to spread race hatred by publishing or distributing matter which is threatening, abusive or insulting.

Those found guilty of the offence could face a fine or prison sentence.

The show was first screened in March 2001 and attracted a flood of complaints to North Wales police.

However, they took no action until the programme was repeated earlier this year - although not in Wales - and a clip was shown during the Bafta TV awards in May.

A BBC spokesman confirmed that police had a meeting with Mr Dyke two weeks ago and that the investigation was continuing.

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