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Kennedy rapped for Powell comment

Sarah Kennedy
Sarah Kennedy presents the early morning breakfast show

Radio 2 presenter Sarah Kennedy has been "spoken to" by BBC bosses after she praised the late Enoch Powell.

During her show on Wednesday, Kennedy, 59, described Powell as "the best prime minister this country never had".

Powell was sacked from the shadow cabinet by Ted Heath in 1968 for his Rivers of Blood speech about the dangers of mass immigration.

A BBC spokesman said: "It was inappropriate for Sarah to offer an off-the-cuff political opinion."

She added: "We have spoken to her and made that clear."

The BBC said 25 listeners had complained about the comment.

This is the second time Kennedy has been warned by the BBC about content in her early morning show.

Last year, Radio 2 apologised after Kennedy said she had almost run over a black pedestrian because she could not see him in the dark.

At the time her comments sparked protests from listeners on message boards.



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