The BBC has clarified why Roisin Murphy’s show no longer appears on Radio 6’s Artist Collection next week.
Five hours of the artist’s songs, interviews and concert highlights were reportedly due to air as part of the programme, which celebrates the music and careers of artists and explores their influences and who they have inspired.
The 50-year-old was said to be scheduled on the Monday and Tuesday line-up, but has been replaced by rapper Little Simz.
BBC’s shake-up comes after Roisin caused uproar following comments she made about “puberty blockers”. However, the corporation denies this has anything to do with it.
A BBC spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “The Artist Collections from our archive are regularly on rotation and frequently change to reflect station-wide initiatives as they get confirmed.
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“Little Simz was scheduled to reflect 6 Music’s Way With Words programming, which celebrates poetry, rap and spoken word, and airs the following week, tying in with National Poetry Day.
“There was no other reason for the change. Roisin Murphy has been played on 6 Music recently and her Artist Collection remains in rotation.”
The short notice of change is said to have left staff on the show “furious” as they were given “no explanation”, according to the Mail Online.
Ex Moloko singer Roisin sparked backlash last month when a post on her Facebook page about puberty blockers was shared.
It read: “Puberty blockers are f***ing, absolutely desolate, big pharma laughing all the way to the bank.
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“Little mixed-up kids are vulnerable and need to be protected, that’s just true.
“Please don’t call me a terf [trans exclusionary radical feminist], please don’t keep using that word against women.”
Roisin’s words were met with backlash from fans and trans rights groups and she later apologised on Twitter.
She wrote: “I have been thrown into a very public discourse in an arena I’m uncomfortable in and deeply unsuitable for.
“I cannot apologise enough for being the reason for this eruption of damaging and potentially dangerous social media fire and brimstone.
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“To witness the ramifications of my actions and the divisions it has caused is heartbreaking.”
She added: “I will now completely bow out of this conversation within the public domain. I’m not in the slightest bit interested in turning it into ANY kind of ‘campaign’, because campaigning is not what I do.
“My true calling is music and music will never exclude any of us.”
Express.co.uk has contacted representatives for Roisin and the BBC for any further comment.
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