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BBC MARKETING UPSETS SURREY

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Surrey CC chief executive Paul Coen has protested to BBC director-general John Birt over the marketing of a Panoram...
Surrey CC chief executive Paul Coen has protested to BBC director-general John Birt over the marketing of a Panorama programme on the authority.

The programme, which was broadcast in July, claimed to expose 'one of the biggest scandals in local government history'. The allegations surrounded the operation of Surrey Operational Services.

At the time the council accepted there 'was wrongdoing' by former employees in the DSO, but claimed the programme contained several inaccuracies, over-sensationalised the issue and overestimated the loss to tax payers.

A council spokesman said it had put its encounter with the BBC down to experience until it heard the programme was being marketed among councils as a training aid.

'In the council's view the BBC has compounded what many considered to be unjustifiable sensationalisation in the original programme with a promotional offer which is inaccurate and misleading and seriously damaging to the reputation of Surrey CC,' says Mr Coen in a letter to Mr Birt.
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