BBC shuts down TV alien search because of health and safety concerns11/9/2012
As a venerable media organization, the BBC is not interested in the repercussions of fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants television, thank you very much. Brian Cox, host of BBC series "Stargazing Live," has recounted how during filming, he planned to train a radio telescope at the planet Threapleton Holmes B to see if any aliens wanted to have a chat. Unfortunately, the BBC informed Cox and his colleagues that if any extraterrestrial life answered the signal, this would breach health and safety guidelines. Cox also recalled that when discussing the possibility of having viewers help search for alien life, "Someone from the BBC said to me, 'Would there have to be a prize if someone discovered it?'" Always thinking of the bottom line. [Source]
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