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BBC radio presenter Chris Moyles criticised for joking about a celebrity TV show on which the Holocaust was a prominent topic

BBC 'regrets' Chris Moyles jokes

Chris Moyles faces a talking to from his BBC bosses after cracking jokes about Auschwitz concentration camp and gay singer Will Young.

The 34-year-old Radio 1 DJ told listeners on his breakfast show that he had gone to film in Ireland as part of research into his family history for the BBC1 series Who Do You Think You Are?.

He said: "Unlike a lot of the Who Do You Think You Are? shows I didn't go to Auschwitz ... pretty much everybody goes there, whether or not they're Jewish... they always kind of end up there, you know, if they just pass through on their way to Florida or something."

He also joked about Will, celebrating the singer's birthday by singing to the tune of his song Evergreen in a camp voice. He warbled: "It's my birthday, gonna wear my new dress tonight."

A spokeswoman for the BBC said no complaints had been received about the Auschwitz joke but there had been five complaints about the gag cracked at pop star Will's expense.

She said: "Anyone who listens to the Chris Moyles Show will know he has an irreverent style.

"However, we regret that on this occasion his comments were misjudged and we are speaking to Chris and his team about them."


Daily Mirror, "BBC 'regrets' Chris Moyles jokes", 21 January 2009.

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