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.
Police arrest gay BBC presenter after mercy killing confession 36
11:57 AM — Ray Gosling, the veteran BBC presenter who admitted killing a former lover who was dying of AIDS, has been arrested. Mr Gosling, 70, made the confession in the BBC's Inside Out programme which was aired on Monday night.
16th February 2010
Police to investigate gay BBC presenter’s mercy killing 42
11:50 AM — Nottinghamshire police have launched an investigation after a gay veteran BBC presenter admitted killing his lover on a programme broadcast last night.
15th February 2010
Documentary maker admits the mercy killing of his gay lover 74
11:43 PM — A British broadcaster has admitted the mercy killing of his same sex partner in a programme broadcast this evening by the BBC. Nottingham based film maker Ray Gosling, 70, told the BBC's 'Inside Out: East Midlands': "I killed someone once... He'd been my lover and he got Aids."
5th February 2010
Gavin and Stacey actor to appear in Boy George biopic 11
5:22 PM — Gay singer Boy George will be the subject of a new BBC biopic, it was announced today. The drama will document his early life up to his 1980s heyday and cast members will include Mat Horne, best known for comedy Gavin and Stacey and the flop movie Lesbian Vampire Killers.
22nd January 2010
BBC to address portrayal of gays and lesbians 28
1:21 PM — The BBC announced today it was undertaking a new project to improve how gays, lesbians and bisexuals are portrayed on television, radio and online. The corporation was condemned last month for an online debate on whether gays in Uganda should be executed.