BBC Radio 2 scales down 'Gary Barlow Day' after impartiality criticism

The station has pulled an interview and online feature with the Take That singer

BBC Radio 2 scales down 'Gary Barlow Day' after impartiality criticism

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BBC Radio 2 has cut down on its upcoming 'Gary Barlow Day' after receiving criticisms concerning editorial impartiality.

The Times reports that the radio station has dropped an interview as well as an online question and answer session with the artist after the station's rivals suggested that a full day of coverage dedicated to the singer and his new album could breach the BBC's own guidelines on impartiality. A quote describing Barlow as a "bona fide national treasure" has also been removed from the station's website.

Barlow released his new LP, 'Since I Saw You Last', last month. The Take That member and X Factor judge's third solo album went to Number Two in the Official UK Albums Chart and was supported by the release of the single, 'Let Me Go'.

A Twitter Q+A session with Barlow was recently derailed when users of the social network flooded him with questions about tax avoidance. The singer was hosting the chat to promote his new solo album, however, with all Twitter users able to send him questions, Barlow was soon being quizzed about the tax avoidance scheme he was revealed to be a part of back in 2012.

At the time, it was revealed that members of Take That had invested £26 million in a scheme allegedly designed to avoid tax. Barlow, along with Mark Owen and Howard Donald and their manager Jonathan Wild, were reportedly among 1,000 wealthy figures who has invested around £480 million in a scheme described as a "tax shelter". It was also reported that neither Robbie Williams nor Jason Orange were involved in the investments in any way. Barlow did not answer any of the questions on tax but did reveal that his favourite time of the day is "morning" and that he likes his tea with "milk and 1 sugar!"

Meanwhile, Simon Cowell has suggested that he may replace Barlow as head judge on The X Factor in the UK when the Take That man returns to his band duty in 2014. With both Barlow and Louis Walsh set to depart the reality show, Cowell is rumoured to be bringing Cheryl Cole and Rita Ora with him to the panel.

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