What The Papers Say: Comic Relief caught out over asylum seekers

Comic Relief’s success continued for another year, with high-profile celebrity support and generous donations from both the general public and business (Sainsbury’s tipped the corporate donation scales with a cheque for pounds 4 million).

Comic Relief’s success continued for another year, with

high-profile celebrity support and generous donations from both the

general public and business (Sainsbury’s tipped the corporate donation

scales with a cheque for pounds 4 million).



The National Council for Voluntary Organisations asserted that the

British are giving less both financially and in voluntary work-hours,

but Comic Relief’s ubiquitous appeal appeared unaffected. Raising money

Red Nose-style not only provided evidence of Tony Blair’s ’Giving Age’,

but apparently produced a ’feel good’ factor.



Comic Relief did not escape the critical eye of the press, however, as

news broke of the organisation’s donation of funds to assist Britain’s

asylum seekers.



Claims that such activities were controversial, political and probably

against the wishes of millions who contributed forced the charity on the

defensive. Despite asserting its ’open and honest’ policy (Daily Mail

15/3/99), Comic Relief may have to take greater accountability over

future fund distribution.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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