Allow BBC presenters to wear the red ribbon in support of HIV/Aids awareness.
  • Petitioning Tony Hall

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Director-General BBC
Tony Hall
Director, Strategy & Digital BBC
James Purnell
Acting Head of Press & Media Relations
Gavin Dawson

Allow BBC presenters to wear the red ribbon in support of HIV/Aids awareness.

    1. Paul Williams
    2. Petition by

      Paul Williams

      Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

I was shocked to learn the BBC reprimanded Graham Norton for wearing the red ribbon on his show on 29th November. See here http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/dec/10/graham-norton-bbc-aids-ribbon-jeremy-clarkson 

Far from being reprimanded, Graham Norton should be applauded for raising awareness of HIV/Aids.

By the end of 2012, around 98,400 people were living with HIV in the UK. This includes around 77,610 people diagnosed with HIV and 21,900 who were undiagnosed, and therefore unaware they are infected.

Of these, just under half (47%) of these were diagnosed at a late stage of HIV infection, when they should have already received treatment.

The BBC should be encouraging awareness of HIV/Aids through its programming and presenters. Reprimanding presenters for wearing the red ribbon sends the wrong message, at a time when people should be encouraged to get tested.

To:
Tony Hall, Director-General BBC
James Purnell, Director, Strategy & Digital BBC
Gavin Dawson, Acting Head of Press & Media Relations
Allow BBC presenters to wear the red ribbon in support of HIV/Aids awareness.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Mario Wyn-Jones FOLKESTONE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      A totally ridiculous situation that the BBC HAS to put right

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    • andrew harry BARRY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      this is important as i have lost friends to HIV and have many friends that are infected we must remember thoes that have died and support thoes who are fighting the virus,the virus is stil here and people are still being infected ,maybe the people who are making these rules would act diffrently if someone they knew got infected ,also not letting people wear the red ribbon just helps increase the stigma related to the virus .if its about not supporting a charity dont have comic relief dont wear a poppy or is this really just Discrimination ? we pay our tv licence we pay your wages and we want people to be able to shoe their support to charities that are important to them

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    • daniel flipper LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      It is a disease that could strike anyone who has sexual relations, has a blood donation (despite the Transfusion Service's precautions), is sexually assaulted or is born of HIV parents. It is a national and international problem not related to a charity serving only a small section of the community. BBC has a more duty and a duty under its charter to raise awareness of nation issues

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    • Michael Layfield LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      All charities/fund raising events should be treated the same.

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    • Lee Rimmer CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      As a person living with HIV for the last 16 years I am incredibly insulted at the lack of empathy and tact that the BBC have displayed in this matter

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