BBC Removes Russell Brand Content, Saying It “Now Falls Below Public Expectations”

The BBC said Tuesday that it has removed programming featuring Russell Brand from its streaming services iPlayer and BBC Sounds, saying it has “assessed that it now falls below public expectations.”

The comedian faces accusations of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse, which he has denied. An investigation by The Times, Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches this weekend unveiled sexual misconduct accusations from four women against Brand from between 2006 and 2013.

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“The BBC does not ban or remove content when it is a matter of public record unless we have justification for doing so,” a BBC news report cited a representative for the U.K. public broadcaster as saying. “There is limited content featuring Russell Brand on iPlayer and Sounds. We’ve reviewed that content and made a considered decision to remove some of it, having assessed that it now falls below public expectations.”

The BBC press office did not immediately detail which shows have been removed from the iPlayer and Sounds services, but the BBC report mentioned that an episode of comedy quiz show QI and a Joe Wicks podcast, both of which featured Brand as a guest, had been removed.

The move came after YouTube suspended monetization on Brand’s channel, saying: “If a creator’s off-platform behavior harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action.” It added that Brand had violated YouTube’s “Creator Responsibility policy.”

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