BBC apologises for radio quiz based on Moors killer Ian Brady

The broadcaster says the musical segment was "unacceptable"

BBC apologises for radio quiz based on Moors killer Ian Brady

File photo of the BBC logo at Broadcasting House in London | Image: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images

The BBC have apologised after Moors murderer Ian Brady was used as the answer to a mystery quiz on a local radio station.

In a statement, the broadcaster says the segment, on BBC Radio Leeds was "unacceptable".

Presenter Nathan Turvey asked listeners to guess the identity of a person "who'd been in the news" from a series of musical clues.

He then played excerpts from tracks including 'Psycho Killer' by Talking Heads and 'Suffer Little Children' by The Smiths.

The presenter, who the BBC says was standing in for the station's regular host on Sunday, said: "They were four songs all linked to someone in the news this week, all you've got to do is work out who it is".

Child killer Ian Brady | File photo

He then asked listeners to call in with their guesses.

Announcing the winner later, Mr Turvey played the montage again- saying: "I think most of you worked out the answer was Ian Brady, which is someone we're talking about this morning of course, who died earlier in the week."

Brady, along with his partner Myra Hindley, killed five children aged between 10 and 17 from 1963 to 1965. He died in hospital last week at the age of 79.

The clip has since been removed from the BBC iPlayer catch-up service.

A BBC spokesman said: "This was clearly unacceptable and we apologise."