Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Man with facial disfigurement to read Five's TV News

A charity chief with a facial disfigurement is to read the news for a week in an effort to break down prejudice.

James Partridge suffered severe burns at the age of 18 as a result of a car accident and heads the charity Changing Faces.

He is to front the Five News lunchtime bulletin for a week from November 16.

A YouGov survey for the station found 64% of those who responded said disfigurement would not cause them to change channel.

And 44% said they thought it would be a good idea for people with facial disfigurement to present TV shows.

Just a fifth said they would feel uncomfortable seeing a disfigured presenter.

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