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Monday, 18 September, 2000, 13:49 GMT 14:49 UK
TV 'castaway' complains of bias
Taransay Island
Taransay: Seven of the original 36 castaways have left
One of the participants in the BBC's Castaway TV programme has said the programme is one-sided and distorts actual events, a newspaper has reported.

Ron Copsey told the Daily Express he has been treated insensitively by the programme's producers, Lion Television, who, he claims, misrepresented his actions.

It's very one-sided, all these people slagging me off

Ron Copsey

He now plans to complain formally about his treatment.

Seven of the original group of 36, whose day-to-day lives on the remote island of Taransay are captured by TV cameras, have left the wilderness.

Copsey left the island in July and viewers of the reality TV programme find out on Monday what led to his departure.

The remaining 29 castaways have three more months before the end of the year-long experiment.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said no complaint had been received either by the corporation or Lion Television.

'Balanced and fair'

She said: "As far as we are concerned the Castaway programme represents events in a balanced way and are a fair reflection of the feelings that the 'castaways' had about Ron."

She said any complaint would be treated very seriously.

Copsey told the newspaper that he was upset when Lion Television presented him with a vet's bill after his dog had died of cancer.

"I couldn't believe they came to me with a bill so soon after she had died.

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"Considering there was a camera in my face the whole time I was at the vet's, giving Lion a piece of great television, you'd have thought they might have swallowed the bill.

"It was brutal and insensitive and uncaring."

On recent episodes of the programme, tensions have been rising in the community.

Mr Copsey claimed the programme was biased and misrepresented what actually happened on the island.

"It's very one-sided, all these people slagging me off. How can I have been so bad if the kids all adored me?"

The group members were selected from a total of 4,000 people and were given psychometric tests and a series of physical exercises and challenges to test their suitability.

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