BBC’s Current Charity Efforts

After a winter of discontent for many of our charities, spring is bringing out the better side of the sector. For example the daffodils are out for Marie Curie, March is ‘Brain Tumour Awareness Month‘ when hats are due to be worn to raise awareness and the BBC is making the news.

BBC Contribution

Sports Relief concluded its 2018 effort this week and  Comic Relief will follow  as the BBC fund raisers now appear on alternate years. Celebrity tourists used to encourage donations for their campaigns are being phased out after negative reaction from ‘Rusty Radiator’  awards (Radi-Aid). These awards have celebrated the best – and the worst – of development charity fundraising videos apparently to the embarrassment of Ed Sheeran and the Beeb.

‘The Charity Business’ a BBC Radio 4 programme presented by Mathew Taylor has run for the last 3 weeks covering  service delivery, fundraising and impact. There were several thought provoking insights in each programme that used case studies and interviews mainly from West Yorkshire organisations.

BBC Media Action charity say’s ‘it has sacked six people for sexual harassment or for watching pornography on work computers.   The incidents happened overseas in the past 10 years and those sacked were all foreign nationals.’ The information came out after DfID  asked all UK charities working overseas to provide assurances about their safeguarding and disciplinary policies and procedures following the Oxfam revelations. BBC media action received £70m over the past five years from DfID.

Less charitable has been the BBC’s handling of the tax affairs of ‘freelance contractors’ or tax avoiding former employees.  For years under IR35 schemes, national insurance and income tax on BBC earnings were lower than would be the case for employees. During this 10 year period there was no complaint from the ‘winners’ until the Inland Revenue took Christa Ackroyd to task claiming over £420,000 in back taxes. Now the good times are over these schemers are up in arms seeking to blame the BBC for helping them avoid tax.

‘Charity begins at home’ as they say.


  1. Tax payers have paid £70m to a BBC outfit for their media charity.  Go figure.
  2. Tax payers and the public purse is short changed by employment practices. If one person lost a £420,000 court case how much will a 100 ‘freelancers’ owe -Go figure.
  3. The public via the HMRC gave Sport and Comic Relief £4,426,000 in gift aid in 2016. Go figure.

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