The BBC said on Tuesday it had removed programs featuring Russell Brand from its streaming services iPlayer and BBC Sounds, saying it had “assessed that they now fall short of the public’s expectations”.
The comedian has been accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse, which he denies. An investigation of the Just, Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches this weekend revealed sexual misconduct allegations against Brand by four women dating from 2006 to 2013.
“The BBC does not ban or remove content when it is in the public domain unless we have justification for doing so,” a BBC news report quoted a representative of the British public broadcaster as saying. “There is limited content with Russell Brand on iPlayer and Sounds. We have reviewed this content and made a considered decision to remove some of it as we have determined that it now falls short of the public’s expectations.”