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Barrowman says sorry for exposing himself on show; BBC apologises for stunt on live radio broadcast.

Byline: Vicky Shaw

ACTOR John Barrowman last night apologised for exposing himself on a live radio show.

The star of Doctor Whospin-off Torchwood performed the act during an interview on the Switch programme on Radio 1 on Sunday evening, prompting corporation bosses to issue an official apology.

Though only one complaint was received about the incident, a BBC spokeswoman said the show had "overstepped the mark".

The incident comes just weeks after the furore over a Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross BBC radio show featuring prank calls to actor Andrew Sachs.

Barrowman, who lives in Cardiff Bay, issued an apology - in addition to the BBC's statement - for any offence his behaviour had caused.

The West End actor, whose early TV career was as a children's presenter on Live And Kicking, said the "light-hearted" banter went too far and promised it would never happen again.

He said: "I apologise for any offence I have caused.

"I was joining in the light-hearted and fun banter of the show and went too far.

"I was wrong to do this and it will never happen again.

"I really appreciate the great support I have received from the BBC over the last few years and would never intentionally do anything to undermine the integrity of the corporation."

During the show, presented by Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac, Grimshaw asked Barrowman: "You're famous, we're told for getting your willy out in interviews.

"Is this going to happen today?"

Barrowman, who has made his mark in BBC Wales hits Doctor Who and Torchwood, responded by saying he was going to "get it out", amid shouting and laughter.

He was later heard to say: "I didn't take the whole thing out, but I got my fruit and nuts out."

Annie Mac apologised on air at the end of the programme for any offence the incident may have caused.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "We do feel that the programme overstepped the mark.

"We acknowledge this and apologised at the end of the live programme."

The BBC stressed that nothing untoward was screened over the internet via the studio webcam, and the show was removed from the BBC iPlayer, which normally lets users listen to radio broadcasts for up to a week after transmission.

A spokeswoman for Radio 1 said that, as the show had overstepped the mark, it was felt it would be inappropriate for it still to be available online.

The incident comes in the wake of the investigation into the prank phone calls made to former Fawlty Towers star Sachs by Ross and Brand, for Brand's Radio 2 show.

Following the BBC Trust report into the incident, BBC management said 10 days ago that it was "determined to act on the lessons learnt from this incident, in particular to reinforce adherence to the BBC's compliance systems.

This will be a major priority within the BBC's audio and music division".


LIGHT-HEARTED: John Barrowman has apologised for his actions
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 2, 2008
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