BBC Changes Producer Rules After 'Sachsgate'
March 5, 2009 at 5:09 AM (PT)
In the wake of the "SACHSGATE" controversy, the BBC has changed its internal compliance rules to ban hosts from executive producing their own radio and TV shows. The GUARDIAN reports that the new rule covers both in-house shows and those produced independently. An "exceptional circumstances" exception will allow JONATHAN ROSS' TV show to be executive produced by ROSS' agent ADDISON CRESSWELL, although CRESSWELL will not be permitted to deal with compliance.
The change was prompted by the OCTOBER incident on RUSSELL BRAND's RADIO 2 show on which BRAND, who produced his own show through his VANITY PROJECTS company, and ROSS made a call leaving offensive messages on actor ANDREW SACHS' voice mail. The resultant media uproar led to BRAND's firing, ROSS' suspension, the resignation of RADIO 2 Controller LESLEY DOUGLAS, and changes in the company's policies.