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BBC apologizes for playing Hendrix song after Pistorius report

The BBC was forced to apologize after one of its radio stations played the Jimi Hendrix shooting song "Hey Joe" after an Oscar Pistorius report.

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience performs on Dutch television in 1967. (VARA/Wikimedia commons)

A word to the BBC: open mouth, insert foot.

The broadcasting company was forced to issue an apology today after one of its radio stations -- BBC Radio 6 Music -- played the Jimi Hendrix shooting song "Hey Joe" following a bulletin on Oscar Pistorius, Agence France-Press reported.

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Pistorius was charged today with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, South African model Reeva Steenkamp.

Early reports suggest the Olympian may have been enraged over a text she received from an ex-boyfriend.

Originally recorded by The Leaves, the lyrics of "Hey Joe" revolve around a man name Joe who expresses an intent to shoot his "old lady" for "messing around with another man."

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A BBC spokesperson issue the following apology today, according to Gawker:

"In light of the nature of the news story, we apologise for any offence caused by the proximity of the song 'Hey Joe' to the bulletin," the statement read. "An on-air apology was made immediately the mistake was realised."

Defense attorneys have said the shooting was an accident, and that Pistorius mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

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