Tower Hamlets Council awards £5,000 to TV channel censored for political advert
Tower Hamlets Council has awarded a £5,000 grant to a Bangladeshi television channel which was censored for carrying an advertisement for the borough’s Mayor.
Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom ruled earlier in the year that the advertisement shown last year amounted to a party political broadcast for Lutfur Rahman.
It has now transpired that the council has awarded the channel, based in Walthamstow, the grant to host an awards ceremony with categories spanning from contributions in business to sport and education.
Leader of the Conservative Group at Tower Hamlets Council Peter Gold said: “Once again Lutfur Rahman is rewarding his favourite TV channel with public money after the council was heavily criticised by Ofcom for using public money to run political adverts.
“We now have a sponsored awards ceremony which will once again be a platform for Lutfur Rahman and his administration.”
You may also want to watch:
A spokeswoman for Tower Hamlets Council said the grant was part of the Community Events Fund programme which awarded grants of up to £5,000.
She said: “This fund received 80 applications and awards were granted to many different community groups to host a wide range of events.
- 1 Jailed: East End county lines dealers who peddled heroin and crack cocaine
- 2 Shamima Begum cannot return to UK, Supreme Court rules
- 3 Man arrested in east London for terrorist offences
- 4 Tideway super sewer arrives at Tower Bridge ready to bore east London
- 5 Shamima Begum will find out this week if she can return from Syria
- 6 Fear of mental health crisis as loneliness rises among disabled
- 7 East Ham man raped woman with his friend in Wapping park 23 years ago
- 8 Flower markets appeal to be allowed to open in time for Mother's Day
- 9 Police raid cannabis cafe in 200-year-old Whitechapel building
- 10 Thugs attack each other with bottles of wine in supermarket mass brawl
“The ceremony intends to promote the activities of the diverse talents, most of which are from Tower Hamlets, and actively engage the local community, promote community cohesion and enhance corporate and social responsibilities amongst the entrepreneurs of the local community.
“The Mayor approved the grants for the applications as recommended by the Corporate Grants Programme Board.”