Rotherham sex abuse scandal: BBC Asian Network editor denies naming victim

The editor of BBC Asian Network has denied naming a victim of the Rotherham sex abuse scandal.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 11 October, 2018, 15:34
Sheffield Magistrates' Court.

Arif Ansari was charged under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 after a live news bulletin in February.

The charge against him said the 43-year-old allegedly broadcast the name of the victim on the radio station in a way that was likely to identify her to members of the public.

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He spoke only to confirm his name and address and entered his not guilty plea through his solicitor at a brief hearing at Sheffield Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Ansari, of BBC Portland Place, London, was given unconditional bail to appear at the same court on January 17 for a two-day trial.