BBC Discloses More Fake Contest Winners
January 25, 2008 at 5:55 AM (PT)
Yet another fake-contest-winner controversy has hit the BBC, with the network filing a report with the BBC TRUST disclosing that a staffer posed as a contest winner on a pre-recorded BBC 6MUSIC show in APRIL, 2006, and that another contest winner's name was made up on a different pre-recorded show. The incidents on shows hosted by RUSSELL BRAND and JO WHILEY preceded the institution of network's "action plan" to guard against fake contests.
"Neither of the two new cases revealed any new types of failing editorial practice which have not already been captured by the action plan, and both predate the commencement of the action plan," the BBC noted in a statement. "The BBC is contacting listeners who sent texts to the programmes but were given no opportunity to participate, and offering them compensation."