BBC Trust deliberates over Brand prank

Committee looking into management's handling of incident

LONDON -- The BBC Trust will reveal its findings into the Russell Brand show at a press conference held Friday by Trust chairman Michael Lyons, a spokesman for the Trust said Wednesday.

The oversight committee for the pubcaster is expected to be critical of BBC management's editorial compliance procedures, which led to the radio broadcast of obscene phone calls to TV presenter Andrew Sachs by presenters Brand and Jonathan Ross.

At an appearance before the House of Commons culture committee Tuesday, Lyons appeared to suggest that the Trust could repeal BBC director general Mark Thompson's decision to reinstate TV and radio host Ross after 12 weeks off the airwaves.

"Let me be clear: The trust has not finished its deliberations. All of these matters are subject to the final decision," Lyons told the committee. "There is nothing that has been ruled out from the final deliberations of the BBC Trust."

But a later statement put out by the Trust said it does not expect to overturn its initial decision to support BBC management's decision.
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