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Viewers feel 'misled' over 'Hootenanny'

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The BBC has received complaints from viewers who feel misled after discovering that Jools Holland's Annual Hootenanny was pre-recorded.

The New Year countdown show, which featured performances from Kylie Minogue and Sir Paul McCartney, had been recorded eleven days before December 31.

Viewers who were unaware that the show was pre-recorded discovered the truth after the programme featured slip-ups from Holland and guests such as Lenny Henry, who referred to the wrong year after 12am.

"In an era where the BBC and television in general is continually accused of conning the public, it amazes me that this sort of pretence of what the date is still goes on all the time," one viewer complained on the BBC's Points of View message board. "I personally find all this a complete insult to the viewer. The Hootenanny would work just as well without all the constant 'lying' about the time/date."

However, the BBC has insisted that a sequence at the start of the programme, which saw Holland climbing into the Tardis to "time travel" into 2008, made it clear that the show was not live.

A BBC spokesman explained: "The sequence which saw Jools travel through time was specifically included to make clear to viewers that the programme was not broadcast live to air. We also clearly stated in the pre-publicity material sent to the Press that the programme would be recorded in advance.

"Jools' Annual Hootenanny is an idealised New Year's Eve party with a line-up that would surely be impossible to deliver on December 31."

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