TV complaint challenged

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CHANNEL 4 television network yesterday won the go-ahead to challenge a decision by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission upholding a complaint by two former Chancellors.

The BCC ruled in March that Lord Howe - Chancellor from 1979 to 1983 - and Lord Lawson, his successor, had been treated unfairly by the documentary, A Brief Economic History Of Our Time, made by Fulcrum Productions Ltd.

The High Court gave leave for Channel 4 and Fulcrum to bring judicial review proceedings to quash the BCC's decision which they claim was beyond its powers because it had concerned itself with how material was obtained rather than concentrating on what was broadcast.