A programme documenting the antics of Elton bin raker Benjamin Pell has been shelved by UK television station Channel 4 Television "for legal reasons" a spokesman for Channel 4 told us on September 11, 2000.
"Scandal in the Bins" was an hour-long documentary about Pell, widely believed to have been behind the sensational press in late 1997 and early 1998, which included a leaked letter depicting Sir Richard Branson's spat with Elton over the non-inclusion of Candle in the Wind 1997 on a Diana, Princess of Wales album, as well as publication in tabloids of Elton's bank statements.
Pell was subsequently taken to court by lawyers acting for Elton's then manager, John Reid, although he survived penalty. Pell, later extensively shadowed by satirical magazines like Punch and Private Eye, went on to mastermind exposure of other celebrities.
The British press suspected Pell as the kingpin in a recent case involving the interception of lawyers letters in regard of pending legal action against auditors PriceWaterhouseCoopers and John Reid Enterprises director, Andrew Haydon. Elton's lawyers demanded a newspaper journalist disclosed the identity of the source of the lawyers' letters. That disclosure case was won by the defending newspaper, The Express.
Channel 4 were refusing to comment on September 11, 2000 who had instigated the shelving of the programme, and whether it was done on legal advice from television lawyers, or on the strength of an injunction. If the latter, the injunction need not have been imposed by Elton or his management company. Other celebrities were also to feature in the programme.