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Kilroy blasts hoaxers.

TELLY shock-talk hoaxers should be prosecuted, said Robert Kilroy- Silk yesterday.

The daytime TV host, who fronts BBC1's Kilroy, said it was the only way to stop shows like his being conned.

His comments came after it appeared his show was fooled by a hoaxer who also appeared on BBC1's Vanessa,

The guest, who appeared on Thursday's Kilroy, claimed to be a worried dad raising an eight- year-old son. The same man appeared on Friday's Vanessa Feltz show, claiming to be a hopeless romantic called Colin.

But Kilroy said: "This guy was a proper guest on my programme. What he did after that is a matter for others."

Defending his own show, he said: "I've had 120,000 guests. I've done about 1,700 programmes. I've had four or five people who have hoaxed us. That's a pretty good record."

And he blasted: "If someone hoaxed my programme, they have committed a criminal offence. People doing that should be prosecuted."

Three members of the team behind Vanessa were suspended this week after claims that some "guests" were brought in from agencies.

Earlier, the makers of ITV's Trisha admitted a hoaxer had slipped through their net.

But former Channel 4 chief Michael Grade said standards were falling. Mr Grade, who brought Oprah to Britain, blamed poor training within the broadcasting industry.

"Broadcasters are the victims of rogue producers and researchers who have no training."
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Author:Young, Fiona
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 14, 1999
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