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North Antrim DUP MP Ian Paisley has welcomed an apology from the BBC after they wrongly displayed an Ireland flag for Northern Ireland on a BBC Breakfast graphic.

Mr Paisley reported the matter to the BBC Director General.

Ian Paisley said,

"I welcome the swift apology but it is disgraceful that we have to complain about such a matter to the British Broadcasting Corporation which is partly paid for by license fee payers in Northern Ireland.

The BBC Breakfast editorial team either didn't check the graphic before airing or else they don’t even know the UK and it’s people. Pathetic and insulting on either level. There should be a full investigation about how this was able to happen.

The BBC is very swift to point the finger at everyone else but do little to justify why my constituents should bother to pay for the public service broadcaster when flagship programmes don’t even know where the country is or what flag it’s under."