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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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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