Jonathan Ross' Sachs scandal ordeal still far from over

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London, Nov 19 : English radio and television presenter Jonathan Ross is still not out of the woods, as a BBC boss has revealed that he could still be sacked over Manuelgate.

The corporation's investigation into the Sachs scandal is not over, Sir Michael Lyons revealed, and the 6million pounds-a-year star could still face further action. BBC Trust head had been criticised during a grilling by MPs for not firing Ross after he made lewd phone calls to Fawlty Towers legend Andrew Sachs, 78.

"There is nothing that is ruled out from the final deliberations of the BBC Trust," the Daily Star quoted Sir Michael as telling the Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

"Before you bandy around words like 'gross misconduct', the BBC has a duty of care.

"The BBC looks at the evidence before making its decisions. I think that's the sign of a healthy organisation," he added.

And director general Mark Thompson admitted the Radio 2 broadcast, featuring Ross and Russell Brand, 33, was a "serious editorial lapse".

"This is very uncharacteristic. It is not typical of the BBC and it is not how our compliance works," he stated.

Culture Secretary Andy Burnham previously said the BBC was "too slow" in recognising the seriousness of the situation.

ANI

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