BBC Radio 1 apologise for ‘ironic’ sexist tweet about London Grammar’s Hannah Reid

Staff from the Breakfast Show asked listeners if they thought the singer was 'fit'

BBC Radio 1 have apologised for a tweet sent out earlier this morning, which asked listeners if they thought Hannah Reid of London Grammar was “fit”.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, staff from the station’s Breakfast Show posted a picture of the trio alongside the comment: “We all think that the girl from @londongrammar is fit. Let us know if you agree on 81199 #ladz”. After receiving a number of complaints, they wrote an apology, saying it was meant to be ‘ironic’: “Our tweet earlier about Hannah from @londongrammar was meant to be ironic, but we got it wrong. We’re sorry.”

They continued: “So we’ve deleted the original tweet from this morning now. We’re aware its been RT’ed a lot & screen-grabbed but out of respect to Hannah, we have removed from our timeline.”

Meanwhile, London Grammar have been named as early favourites to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2013 ahead of the shortlist being announced later this week. The shortlist will be revealed by Lauren Laverne at The Hospital Club in London at 5.30pm [BST] tomorrow (September 11), with television coverage of the event to be broadcast the following night on Channel 4.

Bookmakers Paddy Power have installed London Grammar, who released their debut album ‘If You Wait’ earlier this week, as favourites to win ahead of albums by Laura Marling, Foals and David Bowie. Other artists tipped for the prize by the bookmakers, and therefore considered likely to appear on the shortlist when it is announced on Wednesday, include Steve Mason, Savages, Disclosure and Primal Scream.

The winner of the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Prize will be decided and announced at London’s Roundhouse on October 30. Alt-J won the Barclaycard Mercury Prize in 2012 when their album ‘An Awesome Wave’ was picked from a shortlist that included albums by Jessie Ware, Ben Howard, Django Django and The Maccabees.