Monday, May 24, 1999 Published at 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK
Blue Peter presenter used cocaine
Richard Bacon, far right, with presenters past and present
October '98: Blue Peter presenter Richard Bacon was sacked from the popular children's television show after he admitted taking cocaine.
The sacking happened hours before the programme, which had just celebrated its 40th birthday, was the special award winner at the third British Academy Children's Awards in recognition of its "outstanding contribution to children's television".
"But I have learned the lesson the hard way and I hope it serves as a lesson to lots of other young people. I would also like to apologise to all loyal Blue Peter viewers."
Ms Heggessey added: "For 40 years, Blue Peter has been a force for good, providing positive role models for children to follow and helping them to become responsible and caring adults. It is vital that nothing tarnishes that reputation.
"He regrets his actions and has apologised to the Blue Peter team and to all Blue Peter viewers."
Mr Bacon apologised to viewers in a statement released through the BBC.
He said: "I fully accept and agree with the decision that has been taken.
"I regret what I did but it was in my personal time and I therefore hope that it does not reflect on the show.