Radio 1 apologises for fake phone in

Jo Whiley says she had no idea caller was not real

Radio 1 and Jo Whiley have apologised after a member of staff posed as a phone–in competition caller on her show.

The incident happened during a pre-recorded section of her show on April 20 last year.

Whiley usually presents her late-morning show live, but on the April 20 show part of it was pre-recorded so she could be at the opening of the refurbished Broadcasting House in London with the Queen.

In a statement the BBC said: “A pre-recorded section of Radio 1‘s Jo Whiley Show on April 20 2006 featured a phone competition in which a member of BBC staff posed as a caller from the audience.

“The incident came to light following the recent publication of further editorial breaches. A number of staff members have been disciplined. We would like to make clear that Jo Whiley was unaware that the caller was not a genuine member of the public. The BBC Trust’s Editorial Standards Committee have been informed of this today.”