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Alleged threats to kill BBC DG
29 Mar 2015 18:06
Scotland Yard are reportedly investigating alleged threats to kill the director general of the BBC, Tony Hall, following the decision to sack Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.
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According to the Mail on Sunday, the BBC’s head of security put out an urgent appeal for ex-Special Forces personnel to take part in an operation to protect Hall, which is reported to cost to licence payers in excess of £1,000 a day.
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A security source was quoted by the newspaper: “There was a sudden urgency on Wednesday to find an eight-man security team to protect the director-general of the BBC.
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“A select group of close protection officers were approached and told that, as a direct result of the Top Gear punch-up and Jeremy Clarkson being sacked by the BBC, the DG had received a death threat. Some of the operation was visible, as a deterrent, while other bodyguards would have kept a very low profile.”
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It is believed that Hall and his wife, Cynthia, have been under guard at their Oxfordshire home after an email was sent to the BBC hours after he took the decision not to renew Clarkson’s contract.
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This is not the first occasion on which Hall has received a death threat. In 1999 when he was head of BBC News, he was placed under police protection following a call that said he would be next after the murder of Jill Dando.
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Last Wednesday, Jeremy Clarkson was told his contract would not be renewed at the end of this month.
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