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August 4, 2008

Government cash for documentaries


by David Allen

The media regulator Ofcom is looking into claims that several hard-hitting documentaries, which portrayed the police and the army donating blood, and importing food & animal products into the country, broke sponsorship rules.

There is a theme developing there!

Ofcom has confirmed that they will be launching an investigation into one of the series, Beat: Life on the Street.

This programme followed a group of police community support workers and how they go about their daily business.

The problem is that these series would have looked to the public like independent and objective programme makers made them, whereas in fact the programmes depicted these services as helpful to the general public.

It turns out that the Home Office commissioned these programmes and it is believed that they have paid out around two million pounds on at least eight different series.

This has been over a five-year period.

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