In another embarrassing turn of events, BBC bosses admitted that their news reports about the recent floods in the west of England contained footage from Hollywood blockbuster "Evan Almighty", which is about an "end of the world" flood and a modern day Noah who builds an ark to save all the animals.
But they justified their decision to run copyrighted film as part of their reports. "The roads to Gloucester were wet and we couldn't risk our reporters being stranded. So we shot all the reports in our London studio against a bluescreen, added archived footage of previous water disasters and made it seem as though our reporters were there. We regret that one of the tapes we used was from a recently released American film and we are investigating how this happened."
The mistake was discovered when one keen-eyed viewer noticed a herd of elephants in the background of one shot. "I'm not aware that elephants are indigenous to the west country", he said, "so I rang up the BBC. After offering me a bribe to keep my mouth shut, which I refused to take, they came clean."
The cash-strapped broadcasting company has managed to fall out with viewing audiences throughout the country as well as Her Majesty the Queen, following recent debacles. Mark Thompson said "We regret that this happened and we promise not to do it again, the next time there's a flood."
However, angry viewers weren't pacified by this apology. 70-year old Arthur Tosspot, who has watched the BBC since he was in his mother's womb, said "I expect better from a publicly owned corporation. I would expect Rupert Murdoch's cronies at Sky to do this but not the Beeb."
We tried to interview perennial BBC celebrity Terry Wogan but he was collecting an award in the Caribbean at license payers' expense.