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Tuesday, 1 August, 2000, 16:33 GMT 17:33 UK
Ross reprimanded by BBC governors
Jonathan Ross
Ross came under fire for his inappropriate comments
Broadcaster Jonathan Ross has been rapped by BBC governors for making jokes about Romanian orphans and stroke patients.

The Film 2000 host made his gaffes separately on television and radio.

He was hauled over the coals for a comment he made on his BBC One quiz show It's Only TV... But I Like It, concerning a clip of Rolf Harris cradling a baby chimpanzee.

Chris Moyles
Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles was another in trouble with BBC governors

Ross said: "You'll be pleased to know they found a home for that lovely Romanian orphan" - a remark governors ruled must be edited out of any repeat.

The comedian, who guests on They Think It's All Over, had another complaint upheld for insensitive comments made about the facial appearance of people who have had strokes on his Radio 2 programme.


In their latest quarterly programme complaints bulletin, the BBC's board of governors revealed he had apologised for causing any offence after being spoken to by the show's producer.

The latest rap comes a month after he was booed when he collected a prize at the Sony Radio Awards for making a joke about disabled people.

All told, 36 complaints were upheld in the period between April and June - a drop of 14 compared to the same period last year.

Other offenders included Radio 1 DJs Chris Moyles and Zoe Ball for making explicit remarks and Have I Got News For You for showing a brief clip of a pornographic movie.

Comedy-drama Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) came under fire for a scene in which a man's head ended up lying severed in a jar.

The BBC's News at Nine was also criticised for an "inaccurate" explanation of the euro's economic impact in Ireland.

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