Broadcast Support

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Broadcast Support

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Broadcast Support...

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Trading Standards and Employment Agency Standards still refuse to do anything about Carl Mould, the man behind Broadcast Support...

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So what has this con man done after being exposed by the BBC? Well he has done what every other con man has done, in our industry...He has set up again under a new name, 'Player TV'.

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Click: http://www.playerclub.co.uk

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My thanks to Tony Roe BBC Inside Out East Midlands, for alerting me on the new company!

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BBC Inside Out East Midlands 'Broadcast Support' (Video 24min) 8Oct08

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BBC East Midlands Inside Out (web-page) 8Oct08

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BBC investigates 'Broadcast Support' - Stage 2Oct08

BROADCAST SUPPORT - BBC Press Release
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Vulnerable elderly people are among those who have been conned by a man claiming he can get them work as a TV presenter or voice over artist. In one case a recently widowed woman spent £21,000 on a poor quality DVD show reel and website. There are stories of people in tears and unable to sleep or tell their children they’ve lost their life savings.
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The celebrity culture of programmes like the X Factor which play on the desire for fame has also attracted those who can see the chance to make some money from the hopes and desires of ordinary people.
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Once such organisation is Nottingham based Broadcast Support. Its banners, illegally placed on busy road junctions, draw people in. So do its adverts in some reputable magazines. They claim on their website that absolutely everyone is suitable for the service they offer. They provide a DVD showreel for aspiring stars. And they charge way over the odds.
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Inside Out has learnt the price varies depending on the individual. It can be hundreds of pounds. It can be thousands. One man spent ten thousand pounds for a DVD and a website page which looked amateurish. And sadly the majority of people on the site would never get work in the industry.
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The man behind the company is known to some clients as Carl Nicholas. When he appeared on BBC Radio Nottingham to talk about voiceover work he called himself Carl Mole. When someone took a County Court judgement out against him it was Nicholas Karl.
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He has a reason for hiding his real name in Nottingham. It’s Carl Mould. He is well known to the police because Carl Mould was jailed for three years in 2001 for deception. He was a cowboy builder then rather than a cowboy broadcaster. Mould overcharged an elderly lady over thirty thousand pounds for some dodgy building work.
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He keeps within the law on his website by saying he is not an agent. But he and his team lie and make up stories to impress people with their credentials.
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Mould also carried BBC logos and other industry names on his website. Most of those logos have now been removed after Inside Out alerted companies. Among them was The Drama House, run by an award winning film producer, Jack Emery. In the programme he confronts Mould about trading on his name.
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Until the Inside Out investigation began he boasted a list of Corporate Videos he’d made with some top names. Again, all untrue.
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So what can be done to stop people like Carl Mould ? Trading Standards say they are investigating. A new Scambusters unit has ironically just been set up in Nottinghamshire where Broadcast Support is based. But Mr Mould is still in business.
The main message seems to be don’t spend a lot of money on a show reel or be tempted by the promise of high future earnings. That’s not how the industry works.
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Agent Anne Sweeting says “That’s not how the industry works” There is very little voiceover work out there. And most TV presenters spend a long time training before getting work. Not just a day at Broadcast Support.
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INSIDE OUT EAST MIDLANDS Wednesday October 8th BBC One 7.30pm


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