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.
- Director-General BBC
- Director, Strategy & Digital BBC
- Acting Head of Press & Media Relations
Allow BBC presenters to wear the red ribbon in support of HIV/Aids awareness.
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