Comic Relief is in turmoil as its Chairman resigns over the charity’s decision to call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza conflict. The Telegraph has the story.
Eric Salama quit his position after he said Comic Relief’s management took “an approach to an issue which I thought was profoundly wrong and which I could not live with”.
The issue is understood to have been the charity’s decision to join dozens of other organisations in calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza conflict.
Comic Relief admitted the fallout came over “a stance being taken on a public issue without any prior consultation with the board or Eric as chair”.
The move has raised questions about the governance of one of Britain’s highest-profile charities. It was set up in 1985 by Richard Curtis, the director and screenwriter, and Sir Lenny Henry in response to the famine in Ethiopia.
There are fears that corporate donors might shy away from being linked to any organisation perceived to be taking sides in the conflict.
The row may also threaten Comic Relief’s partnership with the BBC, which has itself been criticised for alleged bias in its reporting of the Gaza-Israel conflict. Calls for a ceasefire have also split the Labour Party. …