BBC to re-air Enoch Powell’s ‘rivers of blood’ speech this weekend to mark its 50th anniversary – amid calls for the broadcast to be BANNED

The BBC has said listeners should ‘wait to hear the programme before they judge it’, after receiving a wave of criticism for their scheduled broadcast of Enoch Powell’s ‘rivers of blood’ speech.

Lord Andrew Adonis led the calls for the broadcaster not to transmit the ‘incendiary and racist’ speech, which is to be discussed by a panel to mark its 50th anniversary.

The anti-immigration speech, which will be read out in segments by actor Ian McDiarmid, was first delivered to local Conservative party members in Birmingham, ahead of a second reading of the 1968 race relations bill.