21st June 2012
BBC to axe its radio network’s only LGBT programme 49
11:00 AM — The BBC has confirmed it will axe a volunteer-run programme on its Manchester station, the only LGBT-interest programme on its national radio network.
3rd May 2012
Benedict Cumberbatch ‘flattered’ by gay fan-fiction 26
10:10 PM — The star of BBC's Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch, has admitted in an interview with MTV News that he is aware of some of the racier fan-fiction out there, and that he finds some of it quite flattering.
2nd April 2012
Comment: Continued LGBT discrimination at the BBC would let down a new generation 62
4:43 PM — As a public service broadcaster, the BBC is failing to meet some important obligations, and if things don't change a new generation may be forced to suffer the consequences, David Mason argues.
29th March 2012
Welsh vicar resigns over Church’s homophobic attitudes to gay couples marrying 32
9:47 AM — A vicar in Monmouthshire, Wales, has stepped down from his position over what he says is the Church's homophobia surrounding gay couples marrying.
27th March 2012
Comment: Biased BBC skews the debate on LGBT issues 140
10:36 AM — The BBC's reporting on marriage equality proposals is more proof the corporation does not take LGBT issues seriously. Stupid questions, a megaphone to fanatics, fawning deference to faith and giving no time to the voices from our communities: it’s time BBC stopped treating its LGBT licence payers with contempt.
30th August 2011
Hundreds of complaints over Torchwood gay sex scenes 177
10:16 AM — The BBC has received hundreds of complaints over gay sex scenes in an episode of sci-fi drama Torchwood. More than 500 viewers contacted the broadcaster over the scenes involving 'omnisexual' character Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman.
10th August 2011
BBC receives complaints that Torchwood is ‘too gay’ 91
2:07 PM — The BBC says it has received complaints that Torchwood: Miracle Day is "too gay". The series, starring gay actor John Barrowman, features bisexual hero Captain Jack Harkness.
21st July 2011
John Barrowman says Torchwood gay sex scene ‘vital to story’ 67
12:13 PM — Torchwood star John Barrowman says a gay sex scene banned by the BBC is vital to the storyline. Although US audiences will see the raunchy scenes with Barrowman's bisexual character Captain Jack Harkness, BBC bosses decided they would be too explicit for a UK audience, even after the watershed.
16th July 2011
Ben Daniels rejects Rupert Everett’s advice for aspiring gay actors not to come out 26
1:55 PM — Ben Daniels, star of the BBC hit series Cutting It, has dismissed claims made by Hollywood star Rupert Everett that it is better for aspiring gay actors to stay in the closet despite homophobia he experienced at the BBC.
29th June 2011
Ofcom to investigate Channel 5 over adverts for lesbian show 49
3:34 PM — Channel 5 is to be investigated by TV watchdog Ofcom over adverts for a new lesbian reality show. Fourteen people complained over daytime adverts for Candy Bar Girls, which is a reality show about the "lives and loves" of lesbians in Soho.
17th June 2011
BBC now has to defend Holby City gay kiss 85
2:39 PM — The BBC has has to defend a gay kiss on Holby City, just a week after more than 100 viewers complained about a gay scene in EastEnders. Viewers complained that a kiss between Dan Hamilton (Adam Astill) and Antoine Malick (Jimmy Akingbola) was "inappropriate".
14th June 2011
125 complaints over EastEnders gay bed scene 126
1:40 PM — At least 125 people have complained over an EastEnders scene which showed a gay couple lying in bed. Viewers complained that the episode, broadcast before the watershed, was inappropriate and could "confuse" children.
6th June 2011
BFI has footage of first known male-to-male television kiss – featuring Sean Connery 33
4:58 PM — TV researchers at the British Film Institute (BFI) have revealed they have footage of what is believed to be the first male-to-male kiss on UK television featuring Sean Connery.
31st May 2011
Outrage at capital’s HIV services funding cut 38
5:30 PM — London HIV prevention groups have said they are outraged at the 20 per cent funding cut.
14th April 2011
Transgender group furious at BBC for ‘offensive’ Russell Howard sketch 341
4:21 PM — BBC comedy Russell Howard's Good News is under fire from transgender campaigners who say a recent sketch ridicules a "vulnerable minority". Trans Media Watch said that the sketch, based on the story of a Thai airline hiring trans women, shows trans people as "objects of ridicule [and] physical disgust."
7th December 2010
Video: Gay MP Nick Herbert accidentally swears in House of Commons 15
1:42 AM — The openly gay justice minister, Nick Herbert, accidentally used the most offensive swear word in the English language in the House of Commons yesterday. It came just hours after two BBC presenters accidentally used the same word in reference to the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt.
10th November 2010
BBC to ask viewers what they think of its diversity work 9
2:16 PM — The BBC is to ask its staff and viewers how they feel about its 'Diversity Strategy'. It will ask participants whether they agree that the corporation should make programmes that "reflect modern Britain" and whether efforts should be made to ensure that staff are from certain places and backgrounds.
9th November 2010
Gay TV presenter Kristian Digby suffocated in solo sex game 14
11:37 AM — Kristian Digby, the 32-year-old BBC presenter, accidentally suffocated in a sex game, an inquest has heard. Digby, who presented To Buy or Not To Buy and House Swap, was found dead at his home in east London on March 1st.
22nd February 2010
Ray Gosling ‘did tell police name of lover he killed’ 13
3:58 PM — Veteran BBC presenter Ray Gosling has admitted that he did tell police the name of the man he claimed to have suffocated in a mercy killing.
17th February 2010
Pope may be invited on BBC’s Thought for the Day 39
5:59 PM — The BBC is in talks with the Pope for him to give the Thought of the Day on Radio 4's Today programme. The Pope is to visit the UK in September and BBC director-general Mark Thompson, a devout Catholic, is understood to have visited the Vatican to discuss BBC coverage of the trip.