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Reef Television to pay fine after BBC Trust investigation

The BBC Trust's Editorial Standards Committee has investigated London-based production company Reef Television, makers of a number of BBC daytime programs like Sun, Sea And Bargain Spotting, Trash For Cash and Dealers: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, for breaching the BBC's editorial guidelines standards. In the three aforementioned shows, 'the public were being misled by production staff appearing on-screen where they could be assumed to be members of the public, or the non-signposted restaging of actual events,' according to the BBC. In light of the findings, Reef Television was faced with penalties which included a compensatory payment to the BBC and a three-month suspension of all business during which the prodco was to overhaul its compliance processes and editorial standards training. The BBC has now lifted its suspension, satisfied that the company is up to an appropriate standard and Reef will continue working on two existing BBC projects and is able to pitch new work to the BBC. In six months, the BBC will review Reef Television's editorial standards performance.
November 30, 2009

The BBC Trust’s Editorial Standards Committee has investigated London-based production company Reef Television, makers of a number of BBC daytime programs like Sun, Sea And Bargain Spotting, Trash For Cash and Dealers: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, for breaching the BBC’s editorial guidelines standards. In the three aforementioned shows, ‘the public were being misled by production staff appearing on-screen where they could be assumed to be members of the public, or the non-signposted restaging of actual events,’ according to the BBC. In light of the findings, Reef Television was faced with penalties which included a compensatory payment to the BBC and a three-month suspension of all business during which the prodco was to overhaul its compliance processes and editorial standards training. The BBC has now lifted its suspension, satisfied that the company is up to an appropriate standard and Reef will continue working on two existing BBC projects and is able to pitch new work to the BBC. In six months, the BBC will review Reef Television’s editorial standards performance.

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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