BBC Opens Doors

LONDON: The BBC is to start a series of programmes open to minority groups, which means that gays should be able to get 40 minutes of air-time free to get their views across to the public.

The idea of the programme, provisionally called Open Door, is that any group that wants to put its opinions across can go along to a house in Hammersmith Grove and ask to be given space in the programme.

Producer Rowan Ayers, who used to run Line-Up, will arrange for ten minutes of film to be shot for the programme. The groups who take the opportunity of using television will have to pay no fee for the time, and they will be paid no fee for appearing on television.

The BBC says there will be no more censorship on the programmes. Whilst the Open Door series will not be open to individuals – only to groups – it will be screening the opinions of any group representing the opinions of anyone from GLF to Mary Whitehouse and Lord Longford.

Rowan Ayers said: “I will try to ensure that a balance is kept over the 50 week series, and every four weeks we will give other groups and individuals the right of reply to the three previous programmes. The only bars are against advocating the breaking of a law or appealing for money.”

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