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Beeb firm to pay for faking daytime TV.

Byline: Mark McGivern

A TV production company who faked scenes on daytime shows have been ordered to pay the BBC compensation.

Reef Television "routinely m i s l e d" v i e we r s on shows including Sun, Sea and Bargain Spotting, fronted by Angela Rippon.

On the programme, production staff posed as members of the public to buy items. There were also faked scenes on Trash for Cash and Dealers: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

The BBC were unaware of the deception.

They suspended their contract with Reef when the scandal emerged in the summer. But the corporation have now reinstated the company.

The BBC Trust ruled that Reef had made "serious and repeated" breaches of editorial guidelines.

Richard Tait, chairman of the BBC Trust's Editorial Standards Committee, said: "The BBC must not allow its audiences to bemisled."

The BBC Executive will reach a deal with Reef over the amount of compensation which must be paid.

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