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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Guardian Publishes Transcripts of Brand/Ross Phone Calls To Andrew Sachs

In a followup to yesterday's post about the BBC's apologies to actor Andrew Sachs over offensive calls to him by radio host Russell Brand and guest Jonathan Ross, here's what the Guardian says are transcripts of those calls. The Guardian also reports that the BBC received more than 1500 complaints as a result of the calls. Can an Ofcom investigation be far behind? This incident cannot be welcome in the midst of discussion over how the BBC is to be funded in coming years. Meanwhile, Mr. Brand tried to shift some of the attention to the Daily Mail, which had attacked his behavior with a front page story, by highlighting the fact that the paper had published a letter from a nobleman praising Adolf Hitler on its front page.

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