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Simon Carr: This sort of appalling language has no place in the Commons

The Sketch: The recent fracas of Ross and Brand produced a very poor show in the Commons

BBC to apologise over phone call prank row

The BBC will apologise to "licence fee payers" for the "grossly offensive" phone call made by Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross tomorrow, it announced today.

Guy Adams: Another kind of seismic event...

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Editor-At-Large: The BBC is the biggest joke of all. Bring back Brand

The BBC is taking a firmer line on taste and decency, according to the trustees. If so, it can kiss goodbye to retaining its audience, because, whether the middle-class gentry likes it or not, everyday life in Britain is pretty vulgar – just as it always was. We're the nation of bawdy hits such as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Fielding's Tom Jones, Joe Orton's farces, Shakespeare's smutty romps. We haven't got more foul-mouthed or crude: we always have been. From Max Wall to Bernard Manning to Harry Enfield – British humour at its best is filthy and tasteless.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/ross-and-brand.html">Ben Chu: Ross and Brand deserted</a>

Why have no heavyweight comedians ridden to the defence of Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross? We had Adrian Edmondson in The Independent today, but his argument felt a bit half-hearted. So where are the Michael Palins, the Terry Joneses, the Armando Iannuccis, the Chris Morrises?

Stricter controls follow Brand-Ross fiasco

BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons today called for tighter editorial controls after the obscene phone-calls furore.

Last Night's Television: LIFE, ITV3<br />Russell Brand's Ponderland, Channel 4

This La-La land lawman offers no instant karma

BBC bows to its critics (again)

Jonathan Ross is suspended for 12 weeks over lewd calls; Radio 2 controller quits, taking blame for editorial failures; Governing body orders sweeping review of standards

Adrian Edmondson: Is that a joke in bad taste? You'd better watch out...

With controls in place I wouldn't have been able to do my silly press-ups

Leading article: Another bad day at the BBC

The Russell Brand affair has claimed its second scalp. After a long and, by all accounts, tense meeting of the BBC Trust, it was announced that the controller of BBC Radio 2, Lesley Douglas, had resigned. Mr Brand himself had resigned 24 hours before, apologising for the crude and obscene messages he and his guest, Jonathan Ross, had left for their planned interviewee, Andrew Sachs, all those days before. Mr Ross has been suspended for 12 weeks – as the BBC emphasised – without pay.

Radio 2 controller resigns and Ross is suspended

The Radio 2 Controller Lesley Douglas has resigned over the Andrew Sachs row, the BBC said today. And Jonathan Ross has been suspended without pay for 12 weeks.

How a silly prank became a scandal

It started with two radio presenters messing around late at night, and ended with a crisis for the BBC that revealed its failure to police itself. By Ian Burrell

Leading article: Brand values

Nothing demonstrates contrition as emphatically as a resignation. So we should give credit to the comedian Russell Brand for bringing his relationship with the BBC to a sudden end yesterday.

Jonathan Ross apologises for 'juvenile' remarks

Jonathan Ross tonight publicly apologised over the lewd phone messages he and Russell Brand left for Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs.

Leading article: The real questions that the BBC needs to answer

The Russell Brand affair is a diversion that exposes woeful leadership
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