BBC stops Cox from trying to phone ET because of red tape
Published 08/11/2012 | 05:00
BBC bosses told Professor Brian Cox he could not attempt to listen to a newly discovered planet on TV show 'Stargazing Live' in case aliens breached their editorial guidelines, the presenter has claimed.
He told BBC 6 'Music': "We decided that we'd point a telescope at the planet that had been discovered by these two viewers and listen. The BBC actually said, 'But you can't do that because we need to go through the regulations'."