LATEST: A Canadian TV worker has been sacked after a brand new episode of sci-fi series Doctor Who was leaked onto the internet.

The 45-minute episode, entitled ROSE, appeared on the web on 7 March (05), three weeks before the series was due to premiere on British TV channel BBC One.

BBC WORLDWIDE claim its broadcast partner in Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), harboured the culprit who had access to an preview copy of the eagerly awaited first episode.

BBC bosses remain tightlipped about the identity of the individual to blame, but revealed that the person worked for a "third-party company in Canada".

BBC Worldwide, which is taking legal action, released the following statement: "After a thorough investigation by BBC Worldwide's Canadian broadcast partner, the source of the leak of episode one of the new Doctor Who series has been traced to a third party company in Canada which had an early preview copy for legitimate purposes.

"The individual responsible for the leak has had their employment terminated by that company as a result.

"BBC Worldwide is considering further legal remedies and takes extremely seriously any unlawful copying or misuse of its copyright material."

24/03/2005 17:58