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27/05/2014 13:23 BST | Updated 27/05/2014 13:59 BST

BBC Accused Of Censorship After Editing Out 'Girl' For Fear Of Offending

The BBC has been accused of censorship after it removed the word "girl" from a broadcast about the Commonwealth Games.

The word was removed from a repeat of The Queen's Baton Relay, which originally aired in April on the BBC News Channel.

At one point, presenter Mark Beaumont grapples with judo champion Cynthia Rahming and, after predictably losing, says: “I am not sure I can live that down - being beaten by a 19-year-old girl.”

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Cythia Rahming (left) said she did not find Mark Beaumont's (right) choice of words offensive

But in the repeat, the word "girl" was removed.

This was noticed by Beaumont, who tweeted: "Maybe the editor though (sic) it was sexist, which it wasn't. I'm not worried about."

A BBC spokeswoman said the unedited version was broadcast the first time because the baton's tour was being treated as a news event.

“They had more time to edit it the second time. Mark didn't mean to cause offence. But the word 'girl' was taken out just in case it did," she told The Daily Telegraph.

"I wasn’t offended – I didn’t find it sexist," Rahming told The Mail On Sunday.

The row follows an earlier embarrassment for the BBC, after the departure of BBC Devon DJ David Lowe, who played 1932 song The Sun Has Got His Hat On, unaware it featured the N word.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Clarkson was placed on a "final warning" after footage merged that appeared to show him using the N word while reciting an old children's nursery rhyme.