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BBC apologises to Queen over Abu Hamza story

Published on Sep 25, 2012 9:24 PM

LONDON (AFP) - The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) apologised to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday after revealing that she raised concerns with a previous government about radical cleric Abu Hamza, who faces extradition to the United States.

In a rare clash between two pillars of British life, the broadcaster said it deeply regretted the breach of confidence after correspondent Frank Gardner reported comments that the monarch made to him.

"This morning on the Today (radio) programme our correspondent Frank Gardner revealed details of a private conversation which took place some years ago with the queen," a BBC spokesman said.

"The conversation should have remained private and the BBC and Frank deeply regret this breach of confidence. It was wholly inappropriate.

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