View­ers’ fury at jammed hot­line

Daily Express - - NEWS -

AN­GRY view­ers ac­cused the BBC of a cover-up last night af­ter thou­sands were un­able to get through to a spe­cial com­plaints line af­ter the phone prank.

Last night the BBC ad­mit­ted tak­ing 35,700 calls, but com­plain­ers had spent days try­ing get through.

The num­ber swelled af­ter the Daily Ex­press re­vealed Ross was be­ing paid £16,000 a day to do noth­ing.

Frances Blair, from North­ern Ire­land, had tried to ring over 30 times. “It has been en­gaged for two days.

“The real num­ber of com­plaints must be 10 times what they claim it to be.”

She said the BBC was down­play­ing the row by mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to get through.

Pic­ture: BRIAN MACKNESS

SHADES OF CELEBRITY: Or­dered off-air, Ross still en­joys all the ben­e­fits of a big pay cheque as re­vealed in the Daily Ex­press yes­ter­day, right

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