UK Car Boss Lashes Out At BBC

03 May 2004

Paul Philpott, commercial director of car giant Toyota's UK arm has attacked the commercialism of state broadcaster BBC.

He accused the corporation of deliberately overrunning one of its top-rated programmes, East Enders, by a single minute so that viewers watching commercial television network ITV would miss the climax of a rival soap opera .

The ITV soap, Coronation Street, featured a much-hyped gay-kiss between two characters.

"They are distorting the commercial media market. Right now the BBC is the biggest threat to the commercial TV market," said Philpott.

Data sourced from: MediaGuardian; additional content by WARC staff