BBC Trust Head Gives Network One Year To Fix Contest Scandal
July 19, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
BBC TRUST Chairman Sir MICHAEL LYONS tells RADIO 4's "TODAY" show that the BBC has a year to clean up its act in the wake of OFCOM sanctions over fake call-in contests on several BBC TV shows. LYONS said that he is backing BBC Director General MARK THOMPSON for now as "the right person to lead change at the BBC" but will suspend judgement pending improvement in editorial standards.
The phony call-ins, in which the on-air "winners" were really production staffers, aired on shows ranging from children's program "BLUE PETER" to charity shows; OFCOM's sanctions for five violations led to the network suspending all phone-in and interactive contests and generated major headlines in UK newspapers and tabloids.