BBC ignored ‘Chime For Change’ concert, claims promoter

Harvey Goldsmith claims the BBC is more interested in sending staff on a 'jolly' to Glastonbury

The promoter behind last night’s (June 1) Chime For Change concert in London has claimed the BBC “ignored” it.

Harvey Goldsmith, who also co-organised the 1985 Live Aid concert, said BBC bosses were more interested in sending presenters and staff on a “jolly” to cover Glastonbury later this month than broadcast the event, to promote the empowerment of women in the developing world, live.

He told the Mail On Sunday: “The idea behind the concert is to launch a charity which will help millions of women and young girls around the world. In a lot of countries it went out live. In fact in most of them. I am disappointed that the BBC did not broadcast the event live. I think all the BBC is interested is in Glastonbury. They have got about five million people working on it. It’s their jolly and everything else gets short shrift.”

Instead of showing the event live, the BBC broadcast an hour-long highlights show at 10:50pm last night. The programme featured performances from Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora and Florence And The Machines. A global audience of over 1 billion in over 150 countries were expected to tune in to the event from Twickenham Stadium.

Jessie J, Haim and Ellie Goulding also performed at the live event, which was the brainchild of Beyonce,actress Salma Hayek and Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini. Madonna, Katy Perry and Halle Berry also featured via video messages.