SBS removes Ray Martin’s ‘n-word’ anecdote from Royal wedding catch up coverage

TV personality Ray Martin has come under fire after it emerged he used the n-word during SBS’ live broadcast of the Royal wedding, with SBS removing the offending moment in its On Demand version.

However the broadcaster defended Martin’s use of the word in statements to Mumbrella and the SMH, claiming the word was used “within its reported historical context” and that it had not received any formal complaints.

Martin used the word twice during an anecdote about the Duke of Edinburgh’s trip to Nigeria, in an attempt to explain how much the Royal family’s attitudes towards race have progressed over time.

The comments were made towards the end of the broadcast, during an in-studio forum where a multicultural audience discussed their reactions to the day.

An SBS spokesperson told Mumbrella: “During SBS’s Royal Wedding Live broadcast, Ray Martin told a historical anecdote about the Duke of Edinburgh’s reported use of inappropriate language whilst on tour in Nigeria.

“The discussion highlighted the positive cultural changes that have occurred, with the commentary that immediately followed from both presenters indicating that these terms are unacceptable.

“Whilst Ray presented this term within its reported historical context, SBS made the editorial judgement to remove it from the SBS On Demand version.”

Several Twitter users made reference to the comments while watching the live version of the broadcast.


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