ITC imposes £2m penalty on Central for fake documentary

- The Independent Television Commission has imposed a £2 million financial penalty on the Carlton-owned ITV company, Central Television, for serious breaches in the programme code made by its documentary, The Connection.

- The Independent Television Commission has imposed a £2 million financial penalty on the Carlton-owned ITV company, Central Television, for serious breaches in the programme code made by its documentary, The Connection.

The programme, made by Carlton's production arm and broadcast by Central on the ITV network, purported to reveal the existence of a major new route for drug running into the UK, but was exposed largely by the Guardian newspaper as being fake.

Sir Robin Biggam, the ITC chairman, said: "The facts revealed even in the investigation instituted by Carlton demonstrate that The Connection was not only comprehensively in breach of the ITC Programme Code, but involved a wholesale breach of trust between programme maker and viewer."





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