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BBC exec in fraud charge

Taylor accused by territory's Independent Commission Against Corruption

LONDON — Jeff Taylor, the ex-BBC exec embroiled in the pubcaster’s merchandise manufacturing scandal in Hong Kong, has been charged with fraud by the territory’s Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Taylor, former director of global marketing and brand development for BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm, allegedly accepted bribes from Hong Kong companies that produced products based on kidvid phenom “Tweenies” and other BBC shows. He was fired Dec. 13.

Charges were previously brought against Daniel Berman and Sydney Edels, both directors of EMS, the company that had been BBC Worldwide’s merchandising agent in Hong Kong.

BBC Worldwide is also seeking damages in a civil action against EMS, reported to be in the neighborhood of £1.25 million ($1.77 million).

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