Blue Peter editor Richard Marson has stepped down from his role – just two months after the long-running BBC kids’ show apologised for faking the results of a phone-in competition.

Richard has been offered a job as an executive producer within the BBC Children’s department working on independent projects, according to reports on BBC Online.

A BBC source confirmed that Richard was indeed changing jobs and said that the timing was ‘not entirely coincidental’.

Back in March, Blue Peter was accused of ‘fixing’ a phone-in competition when a technical fault led to a visiting child posing as a competition winner.

Callers were asked to phone in and identify a mystery celebrity’s shoes. More than 13,800 people entered, with calls costing 10p each, including 3.25p for the Unicef charity.

But when an ‘unavoidable technical difficulty’ meant that callers’ details couldn’t be accessed, producers roped in a child who was already at the studio to pose as a caller and win the competition.

In March, Blue Peter host Konnie Huq told viewers: “We’d like to say sorry to you because when this mistake happened, we let you down.”

At the time, BBC Children’s controller Richard Deverell called the faking of the competition an ‘exceptional incident’, and said the person responsible had acted ‘in a panic’.