Channel 5 takes its obligations as a broadcaster seriously and, as has been made clear to New Scotland Yard today, extensive procedures are in place to ensure that nothing will be broadcast during the course of Big Brother which would involve the former police officer breaching confidentiality, invading the privacy of others, committing libel or a contempt of court.
Channel 5 does have a safety net to ensure sensitive or potentially prejudicial material does not make it on to the television sets of the British public, because the show is never broadcast absolutely live.
Programmes such as the "live" entries and evictions have a two- to three-minute delay, while the two-hour "live" feed from 7pm to 9pm each night on 5* has a delay of around 15 minutes.
The former detective, who has not been identified, is expected to enter the Big Brother house tomorrow.
A Big Brother insider is reported to have told the Daily Star, which is owned by the same media mogul who owns Channel 5: “The housemate knows they are going to hit the headlines over this. Leaving the police force to go into the Big Brother house is a massive move.
“Their former bosses are going to be shocked about their decision to join the show and naturally will be worried about what might be said inside the house.
“This person has seen a lot of bad things while working on Operation Yewtree.
"They will know what can and can’t be said inside the house but it’s only natural for their housemates to want to try to get as much gossip as possible.”
The Daily Star alleges the contestant is an ex-detective constable "who played a key role" on the Jimmy Savile abuse inquiry.
We are aware of reports concerning the proposed media appearance of a former detective constable.We have been in contact with Channel 5 and made them fully aware of potential risks and their responsibility to live investigations.
All officers joining the MPS and leaving the MPS are required to sign the Official Secrets Act.
Police have warned Big Brother broadcaster Channel 5 over the risks of having a former police officer as a contestant.
Scotland Yard said it had contacted the television station after the Daily Star claimed a detective constable who it says "played a key role in Operation Yewtree" - the investigation into Jimmy Saville - will be appearing on the show.
Scotland Yard said it had made the broadcaster aware of "potential risks" to ongoing police investigations and reminded the company of its "responsibility".
X Factor contestant Rylan Clark and Jockey Frankie Dettori went into the Celebrity Big Brother house.Read the full story ›
The new series of Big Brother kicked off last night.
The 16 contestants headed into their new home for the coming weeks as Channel 5 launched yet another series of the show.
The house mates include a former porn star, a plus-size model and a one-time LA gang member.