BBC Pulls Select Russell Brand Content From iPlayer And Sounds Services

A spokesperson for the BBC said the shows in question "now fall below public expectations".
Russell Brand in February 2017
Russell Brand in February 2017
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Select content featuring Russell Brand has been pulled from the BBC’s iPlayer and Sounds services.

The corporation’s decision comes after a joint investigation by The Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches over the weekend, reporting on allegations of rape, sexual assault and abuse that have been made against the actor and comedian by four different women.

Prior to the report, Brand published a video on Friday night “absolutely” refuting the accusations made against him, insisting all of his relationships have been consensual.

A spokesperson said on Tuesday: “The BBC does not ban or remove content when it is a matter of public record, unless we have justification for doing so.

“There is limited content featuring Russell Brand on iPlayer and Sounds.

“We’ve reviewed that content and made a considered decision to remove some of it, having assessed that it now falls below public expectations.”

Russell Brand at a party in 2017
Russell Brand at a party in 2017
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Although the BBC did not provide details on exactly which programmes have been pulled, BBC News reported that the shows included an instalment of Joe Wicks’ podcast and an episode of the panel show QI.

The BBC previously it would be “urgently looking into the issues raised” in The Times’ report, while Channel 4 – another of Brand’s former employers – has begun an internal inquiry.

Channel 4 also removed all content featuring Brand from its streaming platform.

Meanwhile, the remaining dates on Brand’s tour of the UK have been postponed, with his agents and charitable organisations also severing ties with the former Big Brother’s Big Mouth host.

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