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Thatcher agent wants BBC apology

Carol Thatcher
Carol Thatcher has not been banned from the BBC as a whole

Carol Thatcher's agent has demanded an apology from the BBC after the former Prime Minister's daughter was axed from working as a reporter on The One Show.

The decision was made after Thatcher referred to a tennis player as a "golliwog" backstage during filming.

Ali Gunn told radio station TalkSport that it was "absolutely outrageous" that her client's conversation had been leaked to the public.

"They should be issuing us with an apology," she said.

Thatcher was dropped as a contributor to The One Show on Tuesday night after talks with BBC bosses.

'Fulsome apology'

However, the 55-year-old has not been banned from the BBC as a whole.

The corporation said it had hoped Thatcher would issue an unconditional apology but she had declined to do so.

Ms Gunn claimed she knew the identity of the person who had leaked the conversation, but declined to name them.

"Obviously they know what their agenda is and there is certainly an agenda behind this," she said.

Adrian Chiles
It is thought the comment was made during a conversation with Chiles

"I would like to say that this comment was made in jest afterwards in the green room over a drink and no-one objected to it at the time.

"I think it's absolutely outrageous that the BBC has condoned this leak.

"They haven't even disciplined the member of staff and frankly we issued a fulsome apology that was rejected by them. But they should be issuing us with an apology.

"I would say that if her name were not Thatcher we wouldn't be talking."

Her profile has been removed from the show's website, which once described her "self-deprecating wit and tenacious spirit".

Crowned queen of the jungle in the 2005 series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, Thatcher was employed as roving reporter to file on a wide variety of issues.

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