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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 19 March, 2003, 09:41 GMT
TV host suspended after swearing
Tony Wilson
Wilson used to run the Factory Record label
Granada TV presenter Tony Wilson was temporarily suspended from the station's evening news bulletin after an on-air tirade against production staff was mistakenly broadcast.

Wilson swore at production staff when he could not work out which camera he was supposed to be looking at during the channel's afternoon bulletin at 1500 BST on Tuesday.

A Granada spokesperson said the north-west of England's ITV1 station had received a number of complaints and decided to replace Wilson for the evening Granada Reports programme.

Wilson - also known to music fans as the head of cult Manchester label Factory - later issued an apology.

"Anthony Wilson and Granada Television wish to apologise unreservedly for any offence caused to viewers watching the 3pm news bulletin," Granada said in a statement.

"We would like to stress the incident was entirely unintentional and Anthony was not aware his remarks were being broadcast," it added.

"Anthony did apologise on air to viewers at the end of the bulletin," a Granada spokesman said.

"However, following discussions, Anthony and Granada Reports producers have agreed it would not be appropriate for him to present this evening's programme as a further gesture of apology to our viewers."

Record label boss

Wilson was expected to return to the show on Wednesday.

He recently returned to Manchester-based Granada after a 13-year absence.

The presenter, who was one of the channel's up-and-coming stars in the 1970s, started the legendary Factory label at the end of the decade.

The imprint launched the careers of Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays.

Wilson also launched the legendary Hacienda nightclub in the city.

The label went bust in the early 1990s after a series of financial disasters, with Wilson returning to television work last year as Granada's main evening news presenter.

Last year a film celebrating Wilson's career and the history of Factory Records, 24 Hour Party People, was released, with comedian Steve Coogan playing Wilson.

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