The BBC has been fined £150,000 over the row about phone calls made by Andrew Sachs and Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand.
Ofcom say the fine reflected "the extraordinary nature and seriousness of the BBC's failures" and the "resulting breaches" of its code. The BBC said it accepted Ofcom's findings and added that the material "should never have been broadcast".
But hang on a moment. Who is paying for this? It is the license payer who is getting £150,000 less spent on programmes that it has already paid for. So having had their collective intelligence and sensibilities insulted by Mr Brand, Mr Ross and the management of the BBC, license payers have to pay for the privilege.