​Top Gear problems 'lie with bosses' says BBC director of TV

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Top Gear Live Show 2014 - Glasgow

A confidential report delivered to the BBC director of television, has deemed that issues with controversial motoring show Top Gear, are mostly to do with senior managers. Reports state that managers have lost touch with how the show is made and the tone of the programme.

Despite continued claims of racism, the show was last week cleared of bullying and racism, though two weeks ago media regulator Ofcom did find that presenter Jeremy Clarkson had deliberately used a racially offensive term in an episode filmed in Burma.

The latest report is said to have described Top Gear as "very professional and operating at the top of its game," writes the Sunday Times. Sent to director of television Danny Cohen, this report states that any faults with the BBC 2 programme have more to do with management than the presenters, who have come under fire for a number of gaffes aimed at groups from Mexicans to striking public sector workers.

Cohen has said that neither Clarkson nor the rest of the team on the hugely successful show, which is watched by around five million viewers, are racist. He added that Top Gear is: "an extraordinary programme, loved by millions around the world."

Cohen continued: "I want Top Gear to maintain its unique take, but more controversies of this nature would serve no one well.

"Whilst, Jeremy and I disagree on the language some have recently found very offensive I do not think he or anyone on the Top Gear team are racist."