Monday, November 3, 2008

BBC admits keeping charity money - BBC News

The BBC is to air an apology after admitting a subordinate company kept £106,000 from premium-rate phone- inches that should have got gone to charity.

A additional £6,000 will be donated after viewing audience were accidentally told to peal in to vote in last year's United Kingdom Eurovision concluding when lines were closed.

The mistakes were discovered during an audited account for the BBC Trust.

The other programmes, which have got not been named, associate to Audiocall, a house owned by BBC Worldwide.

The BBC said the sums of money that should have got got been paid to charity have now been repaid with interest.

Its manager general, Mark Thompson, have been asked by the trust to see disciplinary action against a little figure of staff.

Industry-wide problems

Sir Michael Lyons is president of the BBC Trust

The incidents, elaborate in a study commissioned by the BBC Trust, happened between October 2005 and September 2006.

Trust president Sir Michael Lyons blamed "unacceptable behavior from a little figure of staff".

He said that while a "clear column failure" led to the job with Eurovision, where the telephone lines were also being handled by Audiocall, in the other lawsuits "the jobs were entirely with Audiocall".

Sir Michael said the BBC Trust was "shocked to happen another problem".

It follows a series of jobs for the UK's chief broadcasters involving premium-rate telephone lines.

On Thursday, ITV was fined a record £5.675m by industry regulator Ofcom for abusing their services in spectator competitions.

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