BBC apologises over spoof Ian Huntley news item

PUBLISHED: 17:43 20 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:47 04 May 2010

THE BBC has apologised after broadcasting a spoof news item today (Tuesday) that said Soham killer Ian Huntley had been murdered in his cell. The mock news item was aired on Radio 2 s Jeremy Vine Show as part of a discussion about what would happen if the

THE BBC has apologised after broadcasting a spoof news item yesterday (Tuesday) that said Soham killer Ian Huntley had been murdered in his cell.

The mock news item was aired on Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show as part of a discussion about what would happen if the country was run by editors of the tabloid press, and led to calls to the Home Office and the police after rumours circulated that Huntley had been killed.

A spokesman for the BBC told the Ely Standard: "The item was clearly labelled on air and Jeremy apologised on air for any confusion caused."

The mock news item was read aloud on the lunchtime show by a newsreader as an example of stories the show's producers thought tabloid editors would like to see.

It went on to say that Huntley's killer would be rewarded in the Queen's birthday list honours.

Ian Huntley was jailed for the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in December 2003.

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