BBC to probe as Radio Foyle features in Scientology video

Derry Journal, Ireland/January 20, 2014

The BBC is to investigate how a seemingly bogus Radio Foyle interview featured in a Church of Scientology promotional video.

The Derry radio station, and Donegal based Ocean FM, were among a number of local media outlets to feature in the video, shown at a major New Year’s Scientology convention in Florida, which claims to show the outreach work of the Church in Ireland.

Yesterday a spokeswoman for the BBC said the corporation views any misuse of its brand as a serious matter.

“The BBC is an independent, impartial organisation. Any misuse of its brand is considered a serious matter and will be investigated,” the spokeswoman said.

Management at Ocean FM are also “investigating the matter.”

The Scientology video formed part of a presentation made by church leader David Miscavige in which he highlighted Ireland as an example of the work being carried out by Scientologists worldwide.

During the two hour address, Miscavige describes Ireland as “being not immune to the decaying values of this 21st century.”

As well as the local radio stations, the video shows Scientology leaflets being delivered to Carndonagh Garda Station.

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