Censorship

BBC Banned Space Signals Over Content Fears

Martians can be just vile in their everyday speech

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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 the corporation's editorial guidelines, the presenter has claimed.

The planet, Threapleton Holmes B, was discovered by amateur stargazers during a project publicised on the BBC2 show.

The physicist claimed the idea of listening to the planet live on air caused consternation at the corporation.