Strictly Come Dancing announcer Alan Dedicoat has been caught on tape claiming that illegal drugs are being delivered to the desks of BBC staff.
Dedicoat, 60, who shot to fame as the "Voice of the Balls" for the broadcaster's National Lottery coverage, claimed that half of the BBC's staff were taking delivery of the illegal substances. He added that some BBC security staff were "in on it".
The astonishing claims appeared in today's The Sun newspaper, just a few hours after a High Court judge dismissed Dedicoat's request for an injunction to block publication.
Dedicoat was recorded claiming that a drug dealer visited the BBC on a monthly basis, offering ecstasy tablets to the lower grades and whoever could afford them.
The Sun published the following transcript on its website:
Source: Tell me again, this guy in the BBC, the guy who can get stuff for you, he goes in the offices? Does he work for the BBC?
Alan Dedicoat (AD): No, he doesn't no.
Source: So how does he get in? Is there no security?
AD: There is yeah, but they're sort of in on it anyway, and he goes around us...because the police can do nothing about the fact that he's delivering desk to desk.
Source: Even though he's selling drugs?
AD: Well they are recreational items of interest, I think you'll find, that's the way we categorise them.
There's nothing... It's everywhere isn't it?
Source: Of course it is, I've got no qualms with it, but I just wanted to kind of... so... how often would he come in?
Source: And out of all the employees at the BBC, how would he... how many of them would buy from him?
AD: Erm, At least 50 per cent, he just goes from desk to desk.
Source: Coke? Party drugs, all sorts?
AD: Yes, E's for the lower grades, then whoever can afford it, goes up. It’s the business we’re in...
Source: And it's rife in the BBC?
AD: You say rife like it's horrible and wrong. He only comes in because it stops him being intercepted by the police.____________________
Dedicoat has issued a statement clarifying his comments. In it he said: "There is no truth to what I said. I was foolishly embellishing upon rumours I was aware of dating from 20 or 30 years ago in relation to the commercial radio sector.
"I have no personal knowledge of these matters and have absolutely no reason to believe that the activities referred to in the edited extract of this covertly-recorded conversation take place or have ever taken place at the BBC."
So there you go then.