Posted on December 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The dual Booker Prize continues to make waves in the media world.

This time, it’s because of a BBC broadcaster who identified one author by name and not the other.

Shaun Ley was discussing the Turner Prize, whose four finalists decided to split the award amongst themselves.

The BBC, in a statement, said the following comment in which Ley failed to say Bernardine Evaristo’s name was unscripted:

"Now, this is a bit different from the Booker Prize earlier in the year where the judges couldn't make up their minds, so they gave it to Margaret Atwood and another author, who shared the prize between them."

This is Book Love, a group promoting awareness of multicultural art, and Evaristo both took to Twitter, citing Ley’s omission as underscoring the challenges that diverse voices face.

The BBC has apologized for the gaffe.

Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other and Atwood's The Testaments were the first joint winners of the Booker Prize since 1992, after which year the rules were changed to explicitly forbid sharing or withholding the prize.

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