Together At Home: BBC address Claudia Winkleman and Dermot O'Leary backlash
The BBC has responded to criticism after Claudia Winkleman, Dermot O’Leary and Clara Amfo hosted One World: Together At Home from the same studio.
The virtual concert saw a host of music stars record some of their favourite tracks in an attempt to raise the nation’s spirits while everyone remains at home during the coronavirus lockdown.
Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Lady Gaga were just some of the names who took part in the charity event,which saw proceeds go towards the World Health Organisation’s battle against Covid-19.
However, despite the show being one heck of a success, viewers in the UK couldn’t help but question whether it was essential to have three people hosting from the same studio.
Addressing the backlash, the BBC told The Mirror: ‘This was a live two hour broadcast with numerous pre-recorded and live inserts and it was safer for the production team to work in a single controlled space that operates within the government guidelines of social distancing than to have multiple recording locations for the presenters.’
It added: ‘Only essential workers were present in the studio, they remained at least 2m apart from one another and were advised of the health and safety protocols in advance.’
Since Boris Johnson sent the UK into lockdown, Brits have been advise to only leave the house if it is completely necessary in the hopes of stalling the spread of the virus.
And while it appears social distancing is slowly starting to work, Dominic Raab recently extended the rules for at least a further three weeks.
But it appears the One World: Together At Home gig brought a smile to those behind closed doors, and even raised a whopping $127.9 million (£102.3m) for coronavirus relief in the US.
Lady Gaga tweeted the news, telling her followers: ‘I am so humbled to have been a part of this project. Thank you @GlblCtzn. Thank you @WHO. I love you.’
During the concert, the You And I hitmaker broke down in tears as she thanked the medical staff working tirelessly on the frontline.
‘I love the world so much. What Global Citizen have done with the World Health Organisation is so beautiful,’ the popstar said.
‘I’m so grateful to all the healthcare workers and the medical workers and the grocery store workers and delivery drivers.’
The A Star Is Born actress managed to organise the event in just 12 days, and secured the best names in the music industry to take part.
As it stands, more than 16,000 people have died from coronavirus with over 120,000 cases recorded in the UK.
You can watch One World: Together At Home now on YouTube.
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