Newsnight editor Ian Katz has issued a written apology to the Labour party after he branded one of their MPs "boring snoring" in a misdirected tweet. Katz had already apologised to Rachel Reeves on Twitter but the Labour party, unwilling to let this one drop just yet, emailed Katz demanding another apology.
According to the BBC, that email said:
"It is completely unacceptable for a senior BBC editor to have expressed this view... It is vitally important that the Labour Party, our shadow cabinet and Newsnight viewers have confidence in the impartiality and fairness of your programme... This incident undermines that confidence... Although a tweet of apology has been made, a full, written public apology should be made by the end of the day."
Now Katz has issued the following apology which he shared - intentionally we should assume - with his Twitter followers:
Although suggesting somebody's performance jarred with a "determination to make Newsnight as interesting" as possible is really just a more grown up way of calling somebody "boring snoring", hopefully this now draws a line under the matter - at least until Katz sends a tweet calling George Osborne 'briefcase wanker' or brands a senior Lib Dem 'liar, liar pants on fire'.