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Whiley, Brand shows faked competitions

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Whiley, Brand shows faked competitions
The BBC has admitted it has discovered two new instances of radio shows faking competitions.

An edition of Jo Whiley's Radio 1 show in May 2006 was pre-recorded and a member of a previous audience posed as a winner.

The corporation said in a statement: "Although this person was a genuine member of the audience, the name of a second participant, mentioned on air, was invented, and listeners had been invited to telephone and text when in reality there was no opportunity to participate."

It happened three weeks after a member of staff on the show pretended to be a caller. That emerged in October.

The second fakery incident the corporation revealed last night was on the second show Russell Brand made for 6Music, in April 2006.

It was pre-recorded and a member of staff posed as a competition winner. The statement explained: "Listeners who had called or sent texts to the programme had, in reality, no opportunity to participate."

Apologies will now be broadcast on Radio 1 and 6Music and those who sent texts contacted with an offer of compensation. The cases have also been reported to the BBC Trust's editorial standards committee and Ofcom.

Director general Mark Thompson yesterday informed the BBC Trust two more breaches of editorial standards had emerged.

He also gave a progress update on the corporation's action plan, announced in July, to clean up the fakery. It followed numerous revelations of misleading or faked items on radio and television.

Among the measures taken was the establishment of new editorial standards board which has met 18 times. It has put in place new training and issued new guidance for running competitions.

Thompson said: "I am pleased to have been able to report considerable progress in delivering our action plan, which we will continue to pursue with vigour."

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