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Tuesday, January 26, 1999 Published at 19:26 GMT


Radio 1 criticised over 'live' guests

The Corrs: Billed as being live - but they were on tape

BBC Radio 1 has been criticised after fans of pop group Boyzone travelled to London to meet singer Ronan Keating - only to find the show he was presenting was pre-recorded.

Listeners complained saying the station gave the impression Keating was presenting a live Sunday morning request show, according to the BBC's latest round-up of programme complaints.

Radio 1 was also criticised after DJ Chris Moyles gave the impression he was interviewing The Corrs live in the studio when the item had, again, been pre-recorded a few days beforehand.

'Listeners should not be misled'

[ image: Ronan Keating: Hosted a pre-recorded request show]
Ronan Keating: Hosted a pre-recorded request show
Following complaints from listeners who travelled to Radio 1's central London studios specifically to meet the Irish acts, the BBC governors decided both items misled listeners.

Director General Sir John Birt said: "While there must be some latitude for programmes where the focus is on entertainment rather than information, listeners should not be misled and the management of Radio 1 has reminded programme-makers of the importance of this."

A Radio 1 spokesman said it was unfortunate the listeners had wasted their journeys, but added: "We don't encourage anyone to come and stand outside the station."

[ image: Chris Moyles: A listener complained about remarks on his show]
Chris Moyles: A listener complained about remarks on his show
Chris Moyles also got Radio 1 into hot water for using a term "recalling racial stereotypes" in a studio discussion. While the governors accepted the discussion was "light-hearted" and no racist intent was meant, they said the use of such a term was "not defensible".

Meanwhile, Zoe Ball was also criticised for letting slip a four-letter word while talking about a band while promoting Radio 1's Sound City series of live broadcasts on her breakfast show.

On TV, Noel's House Party was criticised after ITN newscaster Trevor McDonald was given a "gotcha" prize for being set up by Noel Edmonds.

House Party 'unfair' to McDonald

[ image: Noel Edmonds: His House Party misrepresented Trevor McDonald, says the report]
Noel Edmonds: His House Party misrepresented Trevor McDonald, says the report
The News At Ten presenter did not appear on the programme to collect his prize, and one viewer complained his absence was used by the show to promote the idea he was a poor sport.

The governors said producers were aware McDonald was unhappy about appearing in the show, although he did not make a formal complaint and was on holiday when the programme was broadcast.

They "should not have allowed viewers to conclude that his absence was evidence of pique," the report said.

Other complaints in the report concerned an offensive ad-lib on children's programme Fully Booked and a joke about the elderly on They Think It's All Over.

The Programme Complaints Bulletin is now available on BBC Online - which BBC Chairman Sir Christopher Bland said "opens the complaints processes to a new audience".

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