View­ers’ fury over cameos in Body­guard

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY PETER ROBERT­SON

The BBC has been in­un­dated with com­plaints af­ter hand­ing cameo roles in hit drama Body­guard to 14 of its own pre­sen­ters.

View­ers ac­cused it of “blur­ring the line be­tween fact and fic­tion” af­ter the likes of An­drew Marr, So­phie Ra­worth and Laura Kuenss­berg fronted news re­ports dur­ing the show.

Yes­ter­day, BBC head of news Gavin Allen was chal­lenged on air by Newswatch’s Samira Ahmed, who read out a se­ries of com­plaints.

BBC guide­lines state it is “nor­mally in­ap­pro­pri­ate for a BBC cor­re­spon­dent in the field to front a fic­tional news re­port.”

How­ever, Mr Allen in­sisted: “The con­cern would be if you thought this is ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing. No­body thinks that.”

DRAMA ROLE An­drew Marr

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