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CLIP 6155

'No justification' for Russell Brand Radio Show

'No justification' for Russell Brand Radio Show

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Key Info
  • 'No justification' for Russell Brand Radio Show
  • Duration: 02:26
  • The BBC Trust delivers its findings following an investigation into a prank phone call made by Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand to actor Andrew Sachs, making sexual comments about his granddaughter. The call was broadcast, leading to a large number of complaints from the public. The report shows the background to how the show was given permission to broadcast, and highlights other incidents of offensive behaviour by the presenters. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 21 November 2008. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Media Studies


    Media Industries and Institutions

  • Keywords: public service broadcasting, censorship, celebrity culture, self regulation, comedy, prank phone call, Brand, Sachs, Ross, leadership, editorial control, decisions, managers, television
Ideas for use in class
  • Basis for work on BBC as an institution. The PSB remit for television and the BBC specifically. Issues of censorship, media regulation and celebrity culture. Provides an interesting opportunity to explore the role and responsibility of the BBC and its attempt at self-regulation. Raises issues of censorship, 'cutting edge' comedy, risk taking and the PSB remit. Also provides an opportunity to explore celebrity culture and BBC contracts.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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