BBC apologizes after Cambridge Cox’s adult outburst was heard in boat race coverage

The BBC was forced to apologize after Cambridge helmsman Jasper Parish was particularly overzealous as he cheered his team to victory in the women’s boat race against Oxford

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The BBC was forced to apologize after the Cambridge helmsman used profanity to celebrate his team’s dramatic victory in the controversial women’s boat race between Oxford and Cambridge.

Cambridge rose to victory in record time and that BBC The camera crew cuts to steer Jasper Parish in front of the finish as he gives instructions to the rowers. He yelled, “F*** yeah!”

Although it briefly took place around 2.30pm on BBC1, there was no on-air apology from presenter Clare Balding or commentator Andrew Cotter. At the time, Cotter acknowledged the outburst by saying, “Let’s roll that fader down on Jasper over there.”

Afterwards, a BBC spokesman said: “Unfortunately, due to the nature of live sports broadcasts, bad language can sometimes be heard. We apologize for any violations.”

The swearing-in came amid a contentious race, with Oxford protesting the result because of “aggressive pushing” from Parish, who admitted such behaviour. Oxford helmsman Joe Gellett appealed to referee John Garrett at the finish line, insisting Cambridge had “cut off just short of Oxford” at the milepost.

Garrett agreed it was aggressive steering, but felt it was insufficient to warrant a disqualification. While shivering in the Thames after his traditional crouch, Parish said: “I’ve pushed the boundaries of what you can do and I suppose you’re thinking right now that you have to do what you have to do to win the race .

Jasper Parish has been thrown in the river after helping Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club to outperform Oxford


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“Ultimately, boat racing regulations are pretty lenient when it comes to changing clothes. The only way to be disqualified is by touch and I don’t think there was a point in the race where I was seriously concerned about that.”

Parish was not asked for his foul language. The 18-year-old’s brother, Ollie, competed in the men’s Cambridge.

It’s not the first time the BBC has become embroiled in adult language drama. Broadcasters were previously reprimanded for swearing during the boat race when Ofcom ruled in 2013 that swearing during coverage of a traditional sporting event shown on a Sunday afternoon “when children were likely to be watching” was inappropriate.

The Cambridge women’s team celebrate winning the Boat Race after securing victory in record time


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The BBC then launched an investigation after viewers complained that the word ‘f***’ was constantly being broadcast and people questioned why no steps had been taken to block the feed from the helmsmen’s microphones interrupt. Unlike yesterday, the language led to multiple on-air apologies from Cotter in 2013.

At the time, the BBC said helmsmen were warned each year to avoid swearing and promised to install a new system that would result in more than one case of sweating leading to a break in broadcasts. No such action was taken yesterday as the first boat race since 2019 was held in London Coronavirus Crisis.

Cambridge’s win in the women’s was a course record of 18 minutes and 22 seconds. Oxford claimed victory in the men’s race.

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