BBC: “Very Sorry” Sir Cliff Richard For Coverage Of The Raid On His Home

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The corporation has apologised to the star for any distress caused, but said it did nothing wrong covering the police raid.

The BBC has said it is “very sorry” that Sir Cliff Richard “suffered distress” after its coverage of the raid on his home over historical sex abuse allegations.

However, the broadcaster defended its decision to report the investigation by South Yorkshire Police, and the search of his property.

In a statement, it said: “Once the South Yorkshire Police had confirmed the investigation and Sir Cliff Richard’s identity and informed the BBC of the timing and details of the search of his property, it would neither have been editorially responsible nor in the public interest to choose not to report fully the investigation into Sir Cliff Richard because of his public profile.

“The BBC, at every stage, reported Sir Cliff’s full denial of the allegations.

“The BBC, therefore, stands by the decision to report the investigation undertaken by the South Yorkshire Police and the search of his property.

“The Home Affairs Select Committee reviewed the editorial decisions made by the BBC and concluded ‘we see nothing wrong in their decision to run the story’.”

The 75-year-old said he thought he was “going to die” as a result of the stress brought on by the probe into historical allegations.

Last week, the Crown Prosecution Service said there was “insufficient evidence to prosecute” the singer.

South Yorkshire Police said it “apologised wholeheartedly” for its handling of the media interest in its investigation.

Sir Cliff, who has said he is “thrilled” he will face no further action, told The Daily Mail he’s considering suing both the BBC and South Yorkshire Police for what they have put him through.

The singer was in Portugal in August 2014, when he received a call saying police officers had a warrant to search his Berkshire apartment.

The initial raid by detectives was broadcast live on TV.

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1715406/bbc-says-its-very-sorry-to-sir-cliff-richard

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