BBC TV boss: Jeremy Clarkson 'is not racist'

BBC TV boss Danny Cohen has insisted Jeremy Clarkson "is not racist" after the Top Gear host came under-fire once more for remarks made on the programme.

Cohen ordered an internal investigation into the hit show after a string of controversies which saw it criticised by Ofcom for breaching broadcasting rules over a "racial" term used by Clarkson.

Jeremy Clarkson is not racist, Danny Cohen has written. Credit: PA Wire

Cohen said in a letter to The Guardian, "While Jeremy and I disagree on the language some have recently found very offensive, I do not think he or anyone on the Top Gear team are racist."

It was "no secret" there had been "some significant issues" on the show recently, Cohen said, adding he had "instigated a health check ... to ensure that there were no further issues".