Thursday, October 14
Ray GoslingBroadcastingThe BBC has said that broadcaster Ray Gosling will not work for the corporation again after his on-air admission about mercy killing his dying lover.
In February, Gosling claimed on a special edition of East Midlands' Inside Out programme that he had smothered his former boyfriend with a pillow as he was dying of AIDS.
The filmmaker then repeated the claim the following day in an interview with Bill Turnbull on BBC Breakfast.
He was initially arrested on suspicion of murder, but last month admitted to wasting police time after the authorities found his confession to be baseless.
At Nottingham Magistrates' Court, he was given a 90-day suspended sentence for the crime.
Before the hearing, Gosling told reporters: "I was not even in the country when he died, but I would have done it."
The judge told him: "Your plea and apologies cannot take away the deep distress you voluntarily caused to the people in the process of creating and maintaining this cruel fabrication."
According to BBC News, the BBC has said that it has "no plans" to use the 71-year-old freelance broadcaster again in the future.
At the trial, the corporation also said that it regretted broadcasting Gosling's claims and apologised to viewers for any distress that had been caused.
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