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BBC rules stop city charities campaigning

posted 14 Sep 2009, 04:39 by David Rintoul   [ updated 28 Oct 2009, 19:56 ]

Charity campaigns by local good causes will not be shown on the Capital's big screen because of BBC guidelines despite showing fundraisers like Children in Need and Comic Relief, it was revealed today.

The situation has been criticised by local figures, who said local charity groups should be able to use it to get their message out.

The 25 square metre screen in Festival Square was put up earlier this year to help promote the London 2012 Olympic Games.

It is being funded by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, although Edinburgh council has agreed to cover the cost of power, service and maintenance bills of up to £25,000.

The content is managed by the BBC, and the council has now put out an appeal for community groups and individuals to create videos to be shown on the big screen over the next two years.

They described the screen as "a showcase for community, cultural and creative content showing off the best Edinburgh has to offer."


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