Venables takes on the BBC

Terry Venables is to take on the BBC in the High Court in a libel action over jokes DJ Simon Mayo made about him on the Radio One Breakfast Show. He is to seek damages and a ban on the BBC repeating the allegations. The jokes complained of were broadcast on 21 January this year and Venables claims that they would be taken to mean, among other things, that he had accepted "backhanders" in the course of his professional career in football.