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Jonathan Dimbleby rapped over trail

Published 07/07/2015

Jonathan Dimbleby has been spoken to by managers about the
Jonathan Dimbleby has been spoken to by managers about the "serious breach" of guidelines

Veteran broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby has been spoken to about a "serious breach" of editorial guidelines after he used a trail for his Any Questions? radio show to promote a charity set up in memory of his father.

The journalist, whose father Richard was a regular on the BBC until his death from cancer in 1965, interrupted his appearance on the Today programme to tell listeners he would be taking part in a charity walk and included details of how to donate money.

A report by the BBC Trust's editorial standards committee said Dimbleby's comments gave him " access to a very large audience - and that other charities did not have the opportunity to reach that audience".

It said the BBC executive " considered this was a serious breach of the editorial g uidelines" and added that: "T he director of e ditorial policy had written to Jonathan Dimbleby very shortly after the broadcast and the d irector, radio production, had also discussed it personally with the presenter."

Dimbleby had also been "reminded" of the guidelines covering conflicts of interest .

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