Two BBC presenters suspended for sex joke

October 29th, 2008 - 9:12 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 29 (IANS) The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Wednesday suspended two of its most popular and high-profile television presenters after being deluged with complaints about a lewd radio prank.Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand were suspended for leaving a series of messages on the answerphone of a veteran television actor Andrew Sachs, in which the two boasted Brand had had sex with Sachs’ 23-year-old granddaughter.

The pre-recorded messages were then broadcast by the BBC Oct 18 and caused a public furore when reported by a newspaper last week.

Some 18,000 people had complained to the BBC, the corporation said.

BBC director general Mark Thompson said the two presenters had crossed “the line of taste” and caused “severe offence”.

“This gross lapse of taste by the performers and the production team has angered licence payers,” he added.

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