BBC's Hamza Queen apology

The BBC has apologised for revealing the Queen raised concerns with ministers about the radical cleric Abu Hamza. Its security correspondent reported that she was upset over the British authorities' inability to arrest him.

Latest ITV News reports

Spokesman: 'The BBC and Frank deeply regret this breach of confidence'

This morning on the Today programme our correspondent Frank Gardner revealed details of a private conversation which took place some years ago with The Queen.

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

Frank is extremely sorry for the embarrassment caused and has apologised to the Palace."

– BBC spokesman

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BBC sends apology letter to the Queen after 'wholly inappropriate' remarks

The BBC has said that an apology letter has been written to Buckingham Palace, after its security correspondent Frank Gardner revealed details of a private conversation with the Queen about Abu Hamza.

The BBC reports that the letter says that the conversation should have remained private and that the BBC and Mr Gardner deeply regret the breach of confidence.

The letter is also said to have acknowledged that the revelations were "wholly inappropriate".

Royal reporter: Queen protocol broken

Robert Jobson, the former royal editor at the News of the World, has said the BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner has broken protocol by reporting The Queen's views on radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada:

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@dansabbagh No "Ifs" about it. He knew protocol when he met The Queen. If she had thought he would report it she would not have said it.

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