19th December 2013
Lib Dem peer: If BBC’s neutrality allows poppies on-screen it must allow AIDS ribbons too 2
1:03 PM — Baroness Barker has become the latest politician to criticise the BBC’s apparent double standards in reprimanding Graham Norton for wearing a red ribbon for World AIDS Day – whilst allowing other presenters to promote singular charitable causes.
18th December 2013
Terrence Higgins Trust: The BBC has lost the argument in banning World AIDS Day ribbons 9
5:53 PM — Lisa Power, the policy director of Terrence Higgins Trust, has criticised the BBC’s decision to incorrectly label the red ribbon as a “charitable symbol”, in its defence against Graham Norton for wearing the ribbon on his Friday night chat show.
Thatcher cabinet minister: BBC should apologise for World AIDS Day red ribbon debacle 10
2:14 PM — Lord Deben, who served as Conservative Party Chairman and Agriculture minister under Margaret Thatcher, says the BBC should apologise for annoying “the very people who are its staunchest supporters” over its decision to defend reprimanding Graham Norton for wearing a ribbon for World AIDS Day.
Union criticise ‘heavy-handed’ BBC decision to ban Graham Norton from wearing AIDS ribbon 3
12:37 PM — The National Union of Journalists says the decision of the BBC to discipline Graham Norton for wearing an HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon on his Friday night chat show was "heavy-handed".
Teen health charity calls on BBC to review guidelines following Graham Norton AIDS ribbon row 5
11:38 AM — The CEO of young people's sexual health charity Brook has criticised the BBC’s decision to discipline Graham Norton for wearing an HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon on his Friday night chat show.
16th December 2013
University of Auckland creates first gay men’s sexual health group 3
7:32 PM — The University of Auckland's social and community health department has established a Gay Men's Sexual Health Research Group (GMSH) to focus on STI prevention among gay man.
Tory Vice Chair: BBC ban on Graham Norton’s AIDS ribbon is ‘extraordinary’ 13
5:58 PM — The Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party has tabled a parliamentary question for Culture Secretary Maria Miller over the BBC’s “extraordinary” decision to discipline Graham Norton for wearing a red ribbon on his chat show for World AIDS Day.
Former Culture Secretary: BBC must review guidelines following Graham Norton AIDS ribbon row 15
2:50 PM — Former Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has written to BBC Director General Lord Hall over the decision to discipline Graham Norton for wearing a ribbon for World AIDS Day, and says the corporation is not being consistent with its own guidelines.
13th December 2013
Why can BBC presenters promote Comic Relief but not World AIDS Day? 36
7:49 PM — The BBC is refusing to explain the difference in allowing presenters to promote Comic Relief by wearing red noses – and not allowing presenters to promote World AIDS Day by wearing red ribbons.
BBC: We won’t change our rules, presenters cannot wear red ribbons on World AIDS Day 44
12:44 PM — The BBC has formally rejected calls to allow its presenters to wear red ribbons on World AIDS Day.
12th December 2013
Labour calls on Director General to update BBC guidelines after Graham Norton disciplined for wearing AIDS ribbon 14
6:48 PM — The Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS has written to BBC Director General Lord Hall over the decision to discipline Graham Norton for wearing an HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon on his Friday night chat show.
11th December 2013
Comment: How dare the presenter of a TV show that plugs films and albums promote HIV awareness 25
5:10 PM — PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen says it was wrong of the BBC to discipline Graham Norton for wearing a red ribbon on his show, especially because guests are often invited on seemingly to promote films, music or other commercial products.
10th December 2013
National AIDS Trust: The BBC should not penalise Graham Norton for wearing an AIDS awareness ribbon 19
3:32 PM — The National AIDS Trust has criticised the BBC's decision to discipline Graham Norton for wearing an HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon on his Friday night chat show.
BBC disciplines Graham Norton for wearing AIDS awareness ribbon on chat show 94
12:08 PM — Graham Norton has been reprimanded by the BBC for wearing an HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon on his Friday night chat show.
6th December 2013
Bill Gates: I admire Nelson Mandela for speaking out against the stigma of HIV 2
7:05 PM — The philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela and says he will remember the former South African president most for raising awareness of HIV.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Nelson Mandela was a gay icon but he failed on HIV, poverty & Mugabe’ 56
4:30 PM — Peter Tatchell writes for PinkNews of how Nelson Mandela became a "gay icon" - but says the former president "failed" when it came to dealing with the HIV epidemic, challenging Robert Mugabe, and tackling poverty during his time in office.
Terrence Higgins Trust: Nelson Mandela stood ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with those living with HIV 1
12:34 PM — The Acting Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, Paul Ward, says he was personally inspired by Nelson Mandela’s “compassion” and advocacy when it came to the issue of HIV.
3rd December 2013
Obama announces $100 million initiative to find a cure for HIV 5
12:12 PM — President Barack Obama has announced a $100 million funding initiative by the US National Institutes of Health to find a cure for HIV.
2nd December 2013
Comment: Ignorance still dominates the public debate on HIV in the UK 2
6:38 PM — Hamish MacKenzie-Sempill writes on World AIDS Day about the ignorance surrounding HIV diagnosis, and on why he thinks it is important to be visible.
Coronation Street star Michelle Collins: My gay friend died from AIDS and his family never accepted him
2:55 PM — Actress Michelle Collins explains to PinkNews why she has long supported the work of the Terrence Higgins Trust and recalls how she lost a close friend to an AIDS-related illness.