A BBC radio presenter was fired after making "completely unacceptable" comments about Asian taxi drivers. Skip related content
Sam Mason, 40, asked a Bristol cab firm not to send an Asian driver to pick up her daughter because "a guy with a turban on is going to freak her out."
The phone operator recorded the conversation and passed a copy of it to The Sun newspaper. Mother-of-one Mason, an ex-TV glamour girl, called the cab firm off-air as she played a song on her BBC Radio Bristol afternoon show, the paper claimed.
Here is a transcript of the conversation, which can be listened to on The Sun website: Mason: "I know this sounds really racist, but I'm not being - please, don't send anyone like, you know what I mean. An English person would be great, a female would be better."
Operator: "We would class that as being racist. We can't penalise the Asian drivers and just send an English one." Mason: "You've managed it before."
Operator: "Right, OK. I don't agree with it personally."
Mason: "It's not your 14-year-old girl who's, you know, is it?" Operator: "Yes, but that's racist to say you don't want an Asian driver." Mason: "If it were me I wouldn't care if it had two heads, but it's my little girl we are talking about."
After asking the woman on the phone to pass the call on to a supervisor, she finally adds: "I work at the BBC. I'm far from racist and that uneducated woman has no right to call me one. I don't want her to turn up with a guy with a turban on, it's going to freak her out. She's not used to Asians.
"She's not racist - her godparents are black."
The BBC confirmed it had fired Mason, but would not say which taxi firm made the complaint. A spokesman said: "Although Sam Mason's remarks were not made on-air, her comments were completely unacceptable and, for that reason, she has been informed that she will no longer be working for the BBC with immediate effect."