For The Record: Burying the British Comedy Awards scandal
Monday 19 October 2009
It's a funny one
To the chagrin of Channel TV, which asked the media watchdog to call in the police, Ofcom appears intent on burying the British Comedy Awards scandal despite having failed to discover how ITV's Ant and Dec came to win in 2005, when the public voted for the BBC's Catherine Tate. Channel TV, which was fined by Ofcom for compliance failings over the show, asked the regulator to call in the police, claiming the public had been defrauded. Ofcom admitted being "frustrated by the lack of cooperation" from key people in the production chain who refused to say what happened. Yet when I call the regulator it's clear there are no plans to call the cops. "Ofcom is obviously happy to cooperate fully with the police should they wish to investigate any criminality," it tells me. In Whitehall, it's known as long grass country.
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