BBC broadcasts huge ‘word cloud’ calling Rishi Sunak a c**t and t**t

Rishi Sunak makes first statement as Prime Minister

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The BBC has broadcasted a word cloud on Rishi Sunak which appeared to use some foul language to describe Britain’s new Prime Minister. Mr Sunak, who met with King Charles III yesterday as he officially succeeded Liz Truss, sought to reassure Brits as he made his first speech as Prime Minister outside Number 10. He also assembled his top team as Michael Gove and Dominic Raab returned to key Cabinet posts.

However, while covering developments on Downing Street, the UK’s national broadcaster appeared to miss a selection of swear words when a word cloud appeared on TV screens.

The word cloud, which was created by polling research company Savanta ComRes after Brits were asked for their thoughts on the former Chancellor, appeared at 3.46pm when BBC presenter Joanna Gosling asked: “How would you describe Rishi Sunak in one word?”

Ms Gosling noted how Brits considered the new Tory leader “rich”, “capable”, “okay”, “good” and “clever” but missed out some of the expletives on display.

Mr Sunak was referred to as a “c**t” but the graphic censored part of the word.

The Brexit-backing former Chancellor was also called a “t**t”, although on this occasion the word had not been censored.

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Gender equality campaigner Gina Martin reacted to the word cloud on Twitter.

She said: “The BBC have accidentally broadcast the word c*nt in a week, unbelievable scenes Jeff.”

The incident occurred shortly after BBC News presenter Martine Croxall was taken off air amid claims she showed bias against Boris Johnson when he decided to pull out of the leadership race.

During her introduction to ‘The Papers’ on Sunday night, Ms Croxall said: “Well this is all very exciting, isn’t it?”

She added: “Am I allowed to be this gleeful? Well, I am.”

A statement from the broadcaster said: “BBC News is urgently reviewing last night’s edition of The Papers on the News Channel for a potential breach of impartiality.

“It is imperative that we maintain the highest editorial standards. We have processes in place to uphold our standards, and these processes have been activated.”

The word cloud describing Mr Sunak included positive connotations, including “smart”, “intelligent”, “safe” and “strong”.

But also included negative words, such as “boring”, “slimy”, “idiot”, “backstabbing” and “liar”.

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Mr Sunak was accused by supporters of Boris Johnson of playing a significant role in bringing down the ex-Prime Minister in July when he resigned as Chancellor citing public expectations of competency.

He then missed out on immediately replacing Mr Johnson after former Foreign Secretary Liz Truss defeated Mr Sunak by some 20,000 votes with Tory Party members on a tax-cutting agenda.

However, after Ms Truss announced she would resign as Prime Minister pending yet another Conservative leadership contest just 44 days into her stint in Number 10 as the pound plummeted following her mini-budget, Mr Sunak threw his hat into the ring yet again.

Mr Sunak was officially crowned Prime Minister yesterday after Mr Johnson and rival Penny Mordaunt pulled out of the race before nominations closed on Monday.

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