Panorama producer resigns after 'bribe' claim

BBC New Broadcasting House in London The allegation is in relation to a Panorama episode due to have been broadcast in March

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A Panorama producer has resigned following a complaint made by the luxury resort company Harlequin Property.

The journalist was initially suspended after Harlequin accused him of trying to bribe one of its security consultants by offering potential work for information.

The BBC are still conducting an investigation into the allegation, which centres on an episode that was due to air on March 25 but has been postponed.

Billed The Great Savings Wipe Out, the programme was described in the Radio Times as "an investigation into a series of financial scandals that could risk people's life savings".

A BBC spokeswoman said: "We are still looking at the facts behind the complaint made by Harlequin and hope that the film will be broadcast in due course."

The corporation has not confirmed the identity of the producer involved but it is has been reported to be Matthew Chapman, who was also involved in the Bafta-winning investigation into patient abuse at Winterbourne View Hospital.

According to its own guidelines, the BBC has a "zero-tolerance" approach to bribery.

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