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Mr. Clarkson apologized Thursday afternoon, saying he had not meant anyone to take him seriously when he said strikers who had participated in Britain’s largest public sector walkout in 30 years Wednesday should be executed “in front of their families.”

“I’d have them all shot,” Mr. Clarkson said on BBC television’s “One Show” on Wednesday. “I mean, how dare they go on strike when they’ve got these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living?”

The BBC apologized for the remarks Thursday and said it had received around 4,700 complaints.

And Mr. Clarkson said he was sorry — sort of.

“I didn’t for a moment intend these remarks to be taken seriously — as I believe is clear if they’re seen in context,” he said. “If the BBC and I have caused any offense, I’m quite happy to apologize for it alongside them.”

Unison, which represents more than 1 million public sector workers, said Mr. Clarkson should be fired immediately. It said it was seeking legal advice and considering referring the comments to police.

CBS names new show ‘CBS This Morning’

CBS’ “Early Show” is ending early in the new year, and now its successor has a name.

CBS News announced Thursday that the replacement morning broadcast will be called “CBS This Morning.”

The program will be hosted by Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill. It is being pitched as a serious-news alternative to the ratings leader, the “Today” show on NBC, and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the audience runner-up.

“CBS This Morning,” airing weekdays from 7 to 9 a.m., will premiere Jan. 9.

• Compiled from Web and wire service reports.