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Community angered by use of subtitles - Milne

17 November, 2014 - by Ian Milne

Sinn Féin MLA Ian Milne has criticised the BBC for using subtitles on its 'Countryfile' programme while a man from county Derry was speaking. 

The Mid Ulster MLA said; 

"I was shocked to see subtitles used during a section of the BBC programme, 'Countryfile' which was shown on Sunday evening and featured Castledawson blacksmith, Barney Devlin. 

"Mr Devlin is a well-known figure in the local area, and internationally as a result of his immortalisation by the late Seamus Heaney in his famous poem, 'The Forge.' 

"Following the death of Seamus Heaney last year, Barney Devlin was interviewed by media organisations from across the world, including the BBC and they did not see the need for subtitles.

"This has caused anger in the local community who are insulted by this unnecessary move. 

"A wide variety of accents are heard and understood on the BBC without the need for subtitles every day so the BBC must explain why they used in this instance. 

"It is yet another example of the BBC's lack of respect for Irish people and culture. 

"I will be writing to the BBC to highlight my concerns about this and calling on them to apologise immediately."

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