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Thatcher cabinet minister: BBC should apologise for World AIDS Day red ribbon debacle

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Dec 2013, 2:18pm

    Well said, Lord Deben. Another decent Tory.

  2. Sorry seems to be the hardest word for the BBC.

  3. Crikey, given the credentials of those being wheeled out to defend the WAD ribbon, I’m amazed the BBC haven’t caved in.

  4. Dave North 18 Dec 2013, 3:06pm

    Dear PN.

    Please pick up on the following story.

    These religious goons should not be allowed to get away with this garbage.

  5. PantoHorse 18 Dec 2013, 3:11pm

    “I cannot see why the BBC continues to annoy the very people who are its staunchest supporters and those most appreciative of its quality and standards.”

    Lord Deben’s message to the BBC is: “Just say ‘sorry, it was an error and it won’t happen again’. Who, except UKIP, will complain!”

    Support – great.
    Comments – peculiar.

    Who exactly is he saying are the staunchest supporters of the BBC? And with regard to the second one, was he tipsy?

  6. The presenters and guests all should wear a red ribbon in protest and in support for awareness of HIV/AIDS. Also Graham Norton should leave the BBC and move to ITV in protest. The BBC is not run by one person but by the licence payer so remember we own the BBC.

  7. DAVE PETERS 18 Dec 2013, 6:20pm

    In this day of forward thinking and diversity it an absolute outrage for the BBC to ask Mr Norton not to wear. Is it the same for a POPPY, NSPCC. CANCER DAFFODIL. it’s downright disgusting and my personal view is that whoever it was should be dismissed form their position. Ye it is important to let the world know if you have a cause you wish to donate or are proud of being involved, then you should allow people to know. Mr Norton may have worn this for a fellow colleague who may have ‘passed. Is it right to tell him he cannot remember the person in this way. Okay then UK, let us BAN the BLACK armband from football matches. i think it is wrong and does not match the kit colour. yeah lets all be really stupid and make silly rules. I mean there are starving kids, food banks, the worst recession EVER, but this means bugger all, as a badge is offensive and important to stop. What a complete and utter joke.

  8. I am a South African. I cannot at all understand the argument of the BBC and why the presenter of a talk show could have been sanctioned. In SA we encourage people to wear that ribbon as the problem of HIV/AIDS was and is still a major health problem and even cause of very many deaths. The BBC should rather consider the UK extremely lucky if, indeed, the UK does not have this disease to cope with. But I am sure this disease also exists in the UK and for that simple reason the BBC should grateful if some person does something to attempt to prevent further infections. Or does the BBC still believe that somehow HIV/AIDS is a problem only existing among the LGBTI community. If that were its belief, open the BBC eyes to reality or come to Africa and see for themselves. Thank God if the UK does not have the extent of this problem which we experienced and are still experiencing in the whole population despite preventative and coping measures.

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  10. postopgirl 21 Dec 2013, 1:09pm

    If all BBC presenters wore red ribbons in support of Graham, they couldn’t discipline or sack them all, I mean how could the BBC continue without presenters, good idea though it is, the silence from other BBC presenters on this subject has been deafening.

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