Top Gear Being Investigated By Ofcom For ‘Pikey’ Comment Last Year

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Top Gear hasn’t had the best year, and after losing its high profile presenters following the ‘fracas’, it’s about to be hit with more controversy.

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The BBC Two show is being investigated by watchdog Ofcom over the use of the work “pikey” in an episode broadcast last year.

After the Traveller Movement’s original complaints were rejected by the BBC Trust last March, the group has now brought it to Ofcom.

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The complaints were sparked after Jeremy Clarkson put up a placard with the words “Pikey’s Peak” written on it, after a race between 1980s hatchbacks.

A spokesperson for Ofcom said:

Ofcom is investigating a complaint from the Travellers’ Movement that it was offensive to include a placard with Pikey’s Peak written on it in this BBC show.

Ofcom said its investigation is looking into whether the potential for offence caused by the use of the word was justified by the context.

Meanwhile, Top Gear producers are currently looking for three new presenters for the show.


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