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In December 1998 shockwaves reverberated through the broadcast industry when the Independent Television Commission fined Carlton plc subsidiary Central Television £2 million for ‘grave breaches’ of its programme code. It was the largest financial penalty of its type and, said the ITC, reflected an ‘unprecedented breach of compliance’.

Two years previously, Carlton had made a documentary, The Connection, which was transmitted on the ITV network in October 1996. The programme claimed to demonstrate the existence of a major new route for drug-running into the UK, but, said the ITC, ‘much of what was offered as evidence used to substantiate this was fake’.

A lot of what was filmed was not what it seemed. While the ITC accepted that Carlton hadn't reconstructed a raid on a cartel ...

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