A BBC radio presenter has been fired after she demanded a non-Asian taxi driver on a telephone call made off-air to a firm.

According to The Sun, Sam Mason of BBC Radio Bristol allegedly told a local taxi company “not to send an Asian driver to pick up her daughter” because “a guy with a turban on is going to freak her out.”

Mason’s, 40, request was refused, with which she then replied “You’ve managed it before.”

A BBC spokesman said: “Although Sam Mason’s remarks were not made on-air, her comments were completely unacceptable and, for that reason, she has been informed that she will no longer be working for the BBC with immediate effect.”

Mason took over the BBC Radio Bristol weekday afternoon programme six weeks ago and was suspended on Friday. On Saturday, she was informed by station bosses that she would no longer be working for the BBC.