THE EDITOR of the BBC's Newsnight programme has apologised to Labour after he sent a tweet saying that an MP was boring.
Ian Katz sent the tweet last night, which read, "Tnks ... except for boring snoring rachel reeves ... playout was fun tho, wasn't it? telly MUCH netter than snooooozepapers innit".
Apparently he typed this in a message he had planned to send to an individual but actually posted on to his public Twitter feed.
The message and the "Thanks" response from the shadow minister Rachel Reeves have been deleted.
In its place on the Katz Twitter page is an apology. "Accidentally sent v ill-judged tweet referring to @RachelReevesMP's appearance on NN," it says. "Thought was DM but in any circs wrong. Have apologised."
The producer also posted a copy of a letter that he sent to Bob Roberts, who is the Labour Party's communications lead.
Katz said that he was sorry but wanted to dispute accusations that his comment showed bias.
"I am acutely aware that we ask quite a lot of guests when we invite them to come into the studio to do late night interviews and my tweet hardly conveyed the appreciation we owe them for making the trip," he said.
"I particularly regret any personal offence or upset I have caused to Rachel and hope she will come on Newsnight again soon."
Newsnight closed the programme with Katz's Twitter address and the hashtag #fail, while Labour MP Michael Dugher suggested that the news show would struggle to get Labour guests after the message.
"Good luck in future to @BBCNewsnight in trying to persuade Labour people to go on their frankly rather boring programme at 11 at night...", he said. µ
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