Page last updated at 13:10 GMT, Monday, 24 August 2009 14:10 UK

BBC to investigate daytime show

Sun, Sea and Bargain Spotting
The episode in question was first broadcast last July

The BBC has suspended its contract with an independent TV production company after a cameraman posed as a member of the public on a BBC Two programme.

Sun, Sea and Bargain Spotting, hosted by Angela Rippon, has been taken off air pending an investigation with Reef Television, which makes the show.

A BBC spokeswoman said the corporation was "extremely disappointed" that the company "misled the audience and us".

Reef Television said it apologised "unreservedly" for misleading viewers.

In an episode originally broadcast last July, a cameraman is said to have posed as a member of the public aiming to buy goods being sold by the programme's contestants.

'Serious breach'

"We take this matter seriously and have suspended all business with them, with their agreement, while we investigate," the BBC spokeswoman said.

"We regret that the production company has failed to meet the high standards the BBC expects of its programme makers."

A Reef Television spokesman said: "Reef Television wishes to apologise unreservedly for misleading Sun, Sea and Bargain Spotting viewers and the BBC."

He added the company recognised it was "a serious breach of editorial standards of which the BBC was not made aware" and would co-operate fully with the BBC's investigation as well as launching its own inquiry.

In Sun, Sea and Bargain Spotting, contestants head abroad to find bargains and then try to sell them on a London market stall.

The BBC introduced a number of changes to programme-making after shows including Blue Peter, Comic Relief and Jo Whiley and Russell Brand's radio shows featured fake competition winners.



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