Belfast Telegraph

BBC in the clear after 'hoax' claim

By Robert Dex

The BBC has carried out "detailed investigations" into allegations it was the victim of a hoax after it ran an interview with a city trader who said he dreamt of "another recession".

Alessio Rastani became an overnight internet sensation after appearing on the BBC News channel on Monday. Presenter Martine Croxall told him "jaws have collectively dropped" after he said: "I go to bed, every night I dream of another recession."

Rumours appeared on the internet after the interview was shown, claiming Rastani had hoaxed the BBC and linking him to the Yes Men - a group of hoaxers.

A BBC spokesman said: "We've carried out detailed investigations and can't find any evidence to suggest the interview was a hoax."