Ofcom Fines BBC Over 'Sachsgate'
April 3, 2009 at 5:04 AM (PT)
The other shoe has dropped in OFCOM's investigation of "SACHSGATE," the incident that led to the firing of comic/actor RUSSELL BRAND from his BBC RADIO 2 show and the suspension of JONATHAN ROSS, as the agency has fined the BBC 150,000 pounds for breaching its code.
A 70,000-pound fine was assessed for breaching rules on generally accepted standards and offensive material, with an 80,000 fine assessed for infringement of actor ANDREW SACHS' and his granddaughter GEORGINA BAILLIE's privacy when BRAND and ROSS called SACHS' answering machine on the air and left an explicit voicemail about BRAND's sleeping with BAILLIE.
The shows in question aired on OCTOBER 18th and 25th, 2008 and led to the departure of BRAND and Controller LESLEY DOUGLAS.