05 Jul '11, 9am

BBC may ban tweets by stars and writers

A group of senior BBC executives are campaigning to introduce a BBC-wide ban on actors, writers and other talent involved in its productions from disclosing details of their work on social networking sites like Twitter. The campaign follows a spate of revelations on Twitter which, the executives claim, have disrupted press and marketing campaigns. They hope a ban will prevent leaks on storyline spoilers, casting news or press announcements. Recent examples include singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor's tweet that she was to appear in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's new comedy Life's Too Short alongside Sting. Her seemingly innocent tweet is understood to have undermined a carefully crafted BBC announcement of the rock star's appearance. One executive, who holds a high profile job in BBC Vision, the department that oversees and produces television content, said the ban was alrea...

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