Castledawson man ‘was happy’ for BBC to use subtitles

Barney Devlin

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A Castldeawson man who interviewed in the BBC Countryfile programme, was happy for subtitles to be used, the broadcaster has said,

Mid Ulster MLA Ian Milne said he was ‘shocked’ by the subtitles used when Castledawson blacksmith, Barney Devlin was speaking about Seamus Heaney

However, a spokesperson for BBC Countryfile said: “No offence was intended. We wanted as wide an audience as possible to appreciate Barney Devlin’s evocative memories of blacksmithing and of Seamus Heaney.

“We discussed with Mr Devlin using subtitles and he was happy for this to happen.”

The episode was first broadcast back in August but was repeated on Sunday.