Veteran DJ David Lowe who was in Beckenham pop group Five Of That, gets London Mayor Boris Johnson's support in furore over playing 'n-word' record on BBC radio show

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The veteran radio DJ asked to leave for playing a record containing a racial slur is said to hail from Beckenham.

David Lowe, 68, lost his job at BBC Radio Devon after playing a 1932 version of The Sun Has Got His Hat On, which features the ‘n-word', prompted a listener to complain.

It was reported yesterday (May 11) the presenter said it was “an innocent mistake” – but his offer of an on-air apology was declined in favour of departure.

News Shopper understands Mr Lowe, who worked for the media organisation for 32 years, lived with his parents in Beckenham Hill Road during the 1960s.

It is said while there he was in local pop group Five Of That.

Today (May 12) Boris Johnson waded into the dispute, referencing a Nigerian Islamic terrorist organisation that has kidnapped over 200 young girls, and calling for Mr Lowe to be restored.

In his national newspaper column the Mayor of London wrote: “There is certainly no logic at the BBC.

“They should restore Mr Lowe to his job – if he will take it – and the entire BBC board should go down to Devon to apologise in person, and at their own expense.”

The presenter, who aired the song on April 27, is said to have been offered his position back after the story sparked widespread public support for the alleged Beckenham man.

But he declined the role and said on his blog the ordeal has affected his health. Mr Lowe suffers from Dystonia, a neurological condition.

Do you remember Five Of That performing in Beckenham? Get in touch joshua.barrie@london.newsquest.co.uk / @joshbythesea

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1:07pm Mon 12 May 14

Bimembris says...

should have played something by NWA or public enemy!
should have played something by NWA or public enemy! Bimembris
  • Score: 3

2:53pm Mon 12 May 14

white rabbit9 says...

You mustn't use that N word, it's there n word they own it and only they can use it. Death to who uses it. MURDER ALL WHO USES THE N WORD.
I'm starting a peteition to hang them high who use the N word.
You mustn't use that N word, it's there n word they own it and only they can use it. Death to who uses it. MURDER ALL WHO USES THE N WORD. I'm starting a peteition to hang them high who use the N word. white rabbit9
  • Score: -5

12:55pm Tue 13 May 14

PaulErith says...

PC has gone mad! 32 years working for a company and made one mistake. It's difficult for a DJ to scrutinise the lyrics of every song he plays. If it bothered someone, then a simple apology would have done. Boris is right about the hypocrisy too. Jeremy Clarkson, who I personally find to be a vile person, has done far worse, and yet somehow keeps his job.
PC has gone mad! 32 years working for a company and made one mistake. It's difficult for a DJ to scrutinise the lyrics of every song he plays. If it bothered someone, then a simple apology would have done. Boris is right about the hypocrisy too. Jeremy Clarkson, who I personally find to be a vile person, has done far worse, and yet somehow keeps his job. PaulErith
  • Score: 30

2:22pm Tue 13 May 14

sarfflondonbird says...

The staff at the Beeb who instigated this man's fall, should be the ones to really get the sack and, without any overly generous pay offs as well.
It's appalling that they allowed ole ug bug - Jeremy Clarkson (somebody who is way way up his own **** these days) to get away with what he has over the past few weeks to be allowed to keep his post after his somewhat un heartfelt and feeble excuse for an apology, yet this man who tried to correct matters and publicly apologise once it was pointed out to him, is made to "fall on his sword" their words to him in a memo apparently.
Double Standards from the BBC - you couldn't make it up! With friends like that in the business who needs enemies? Workers of this high establishment would do well to watch their backs. It's not what you know but who you know - isnt it?
The staff at the Beeb who instigated this man's fall, should be the ones to really get the sack and, without any overly generous pay offs as well. It's appalling that they allowed ole ug bug - Jeremy Clarkson (somebody who is way way up his own **** these days) to get away with what he has over the past few weeks to be allowed to keep his post after his somewhat un heartfelt and feeble excuse for an apology, yet this man who tried to correct matters and publicly apologise once it was pointed out to him, is made to "fall on his sword" their words to him in a memo apparently. Double Standards from the BBC - you couldn't make it up! With friends like that in the business who needs enemies? Workers of this high establishment would do well to watch their backs. It's not what you know but who you know - isnt it? sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -65

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