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BBC enters Cliff Richard raid coverage for news gong

By Adam Sherwin

The BBC's controversial live coverage of the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home last August has been submitted for a major journalism award, despite the ongoing threat of legal action from the singer.

No charges have been brought against Sir Cliff, who vehemently denied any wrongdoing over an allegation of sexual abuse of a boy under 16 at a Christian rally in 1985. But now it has been learned that the BBC has entered its coverage, which included the use of a helicopter, for Scoop of the Year at the Royal Television Society's Television Journalism Awards, which will be handed out next month.

Sir Cliff (74) is reportedly set to bring legal action against the corporation for breach of privacy if he does not face charges over the allegations.

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