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BBC axes Russell Brand content from iPlayer for ‘falling below expectations’

The BBC has confirmed it has removed some of its Russell Brand content from its online services.

Some content featuring the TV personality, who is facing a series of serious sexual assault allegations, has been taken off the BBC’s iPlayer and Sounds sites.

A spokesperson for the BBC press office said: “The BBC does not ban or remove content when it is a matter of public record, unless we have justification for doing so.

“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.”

Shows that are confirmed to have been removed include an episode of QI and a Joe Wicks podcast, both which featured Russell Brand as a guest.

The removal of shows follows YouTube’s decision to suspend his channel on the site from making money through adverts.

The video-sharing site said it did so for Brand “violating” its “creator responsibility policy”, adding it was taking action to “protect” its users.

Earlier on Tuesday, a YouTube spokesperson said: “If a creator’s off-platform behaviour harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action.”

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