The BBC’s Christmas Trees

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Paul Gambaccini | Andrew Crowley | Telegraph | 14162

Radio presenter Paul Gambaccini remembers how the BBC marked his personnel file with a symbol of a Christmas tree because he was gay.

64-year-old Gambaccini declared himself to be “one of the last of the Christmas trees”. “I am of the generation whose BBC personnel files had Christmas trees on them. It meant you were “as camp as Christmas” and were seen as a potential security risk. The country was still obsessed with the Cambridge spies. To some people, a gay man was a potential security threat and might betray his country to the Soviet Union. Utter balderdash!”

Gambaccini who has been at the BBC for almost 40 years is openly gay and, last year, married his partner Christopher Sherwood. He has never denied his sexuality. “I was never ‘in’.”


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