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Sunday, 24 April 2016

BBC to Appoint Sex Offender to Front Kids' Talent Show

An MP has claimed that the BBC is about to appoint a convicted sex offender to front a kids' talent show.

Ian Paisley Jr, the DUP Member of Parliament for North Antrim, made the comment during a recent House of Commons debate on the subject of BBC Governance.

Addressing the Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale MP, Mr Paisley said: "The BBC promised us that it was going to learn from the mistakes of the past.

"Has the Secretary of State had any opportunity to assess or question the logic of the BBC bosses who decided to appoint a sex offender who has recently been released from jail to front a prime-time youth talent show on the BBC? What were they thinking in that appointment?"

Mr Whittingdale replied: "I hear what the hon. Gentleman says.

"It is, of course, a matter of editorial judgment for the BBC, but the BBC has a duty to set an example and behave responsibly.

"I simply say that I am sure that the senior editorial management of the BBC will have heard what he said, and I encourage him, if he has concerns, to express them directly to the BBC."

Mr Paisley has not, as yet, named the individual he was referring to and the BBC has refused to comment.

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