BBC is criticised over ‘inconsistent’ charity promotion rules

The BBC has become embroiled in a row over charity favouritism after it banned Graham Norton from wearing a red ribbon on air for World Aids Day but then allowed The One Show presenters to promote Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper campaign.

Even though guests on Graham Norton’s 29 December show were all allowed to wear red ribbons to denote World Aids Day, Norton himself was forbidden from doing so as according to the BBC, its presenters must not wear “charitable or campaigning insignia” as the organisation must “ensure impartiality”.

However, Norton refused to obey the rule and went ahead and pinned one to his shirt for the duration of his show.  He was reprimanded by BBC entertainment controller Mark Linsey, who told the BBC’s in-house magazine Ariel: “World Aids Day is an issue that Graham cares passionately about and he did wear a World Aids Day insignia on his programme.

“However, this is in breach of BBC guidelines. The production company has been contacted and reminded that he cannot do this and Graham has accepted he was wrong to do so. The BBC has been assured it will not occur again.”

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