Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Graham Norton: Ask

Graham Norton and his production company So Television have been reprimanded by the BBC after he wore a World Aids Day ribbon on air.

The presenter and his guests all sported the charity emblem on his BBC One chat show broadcast on 29 November.

BBC entertainment controller Mark Linsey said, although Norton "cares passionately about" World Aids Day, he was "in breach of BBC guidelines".

Wearing poppies in support of the Royal British Legion is the one exception.

Editorial guidelines state: "The BBC must remain independent and distanced from government initiatives, campaigners, charities and their agendas, no matter how apparently worthy the cause or how much their message appears to be accepted or uncontroversial."

BBC News.

Not arsed really, unless they ban those stupid poppies.
Graham wasn't SLAMMED or BLASTED or even disciplined etc.
The BBC said; "The production company has been contacted and reminded that he cannot do this".
If it's a general policy for the BBC "to remain independent and distanced from government initiatives, campaigners, charities and their agendas” (BBC editorial guidelines 4.4.20!), then this seems quite reasonable.
No exception for Aids or for war, though.
Unless you believe in gay and/or militarist exceptionalism.

PS Comment: How dare the presenter of a TV show that plugs films and albums promote HIV awarenessBen Cohen, Pink News. A fair point...

PPS It has emerged that BBC presenters are allowed to promote National Christmas Day and Movember but are banned from promoting World AIDS Day. Pink News, who are going big with this.

PPPS More about this on Pink News - Ben Bradshaw speaks out!

PPPPS Even more! Tory vice-chair Michael Fabricant says it's "extraordinary".

Hope this isn't just the latest part of a Daily Mail-style campaign of bashing the "Biased BBC" by Pink News.


  1. naa it's fuckin ridiculous that under bbc policy to be apolitical they can't wear this ribbon. the whole point of the ribbon is it raises money / awareness for aids research. this is not a bold political statement... it only is if you think aids research is contentious. fuck that. the fact they made him apologise also. fuck that. total cunts. the idea they can mandate one charity badge but ban another, it's completely wrong. i am actually quite pissed off about thi, jobsworths being homophobic cunts and pretending it's just following orders etc. this only became an issue after a bbc member of staff wrote a letter of complaint. i hate him.

  2. Yeah totally agree this is homophobic bollocks