BBC newsreader George Alagiah told today of his frustration at Corporation bosses who have ordered him to step down as patron of a leading charity. Alagiah was forced to quit his unpaid position with the Fairtrade Foundation after seven years -- even though the BBC never received a single complaint about his charity work. It is understood the BBC feared his role with the charity -- which supports farmers and workers in the developing world -- breached impartiality rules. The charity has never received a formal explanation for the decision. Alagiah, presenter of the Six oClock news, said: I was not happy about having to relinquish the patronship because there had not been a single complaint in seven years. I tried hard to persuade my colleagues that what I had done for seven years had not brought the BBC into disrepute. T h e F a i r- trade Foundation helps to promote Fairtrade products sold in Britain and has seen sales of ethically-produced goods such as tea, coffee and bananas boom in recent years. That in part has been due to behind- the-scenes efforts of Alagiah and his wife Frances, a senior fundraiser with the charity. Alagiah, said at his north London home today: I am passionate about Fairtrade. I am passionate about the farmers. A Corporation spokeswoman said: The BBC has guidelines to ensure our reputation for impartiality is protected. That is paramount. The move comes amid a row over an alleged conflict of interest engulfing BBC1 controller Jay Hunt. She is company secretary of a firm run by her hus- b a n d , w h i c h earns substan- tial sums for training BBC staff. 14 Tuesday, 4 August 2009 London Lite Prices correct at time of going to print & valid for a limited period only. Offers subject to availability. Not available from stores in N.I & R.O.I. All sizes & measurements may vary. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY. Delicious Italian Cuisine Lasagne Bolognese 1kg Italian Ice Cream Available in 6 authentic flavours 750ml 13.3p/100ml Garlic or Herb Butter Baguettes 2 x 175g 16.9p/100g Mozzarella Regular or Light 125g 21.6p/100g Spongata 250g 1.08/100g Tartufi dolci del Piemonte Delicious chocolate truffles with hazelnut pieces 200g 99.5p/100g Garganelli Traditional egg and spinach pasta 500g 25.8p/100g Italian Salami 200g 99.5p/100g Mixed Herbs 76g/55g/72g 23.6p/32.5p/ 24.9p/10g Gavi DOCG 14% Vol. A dry white with citrus undertones, ideal with seafood dishes 75cl Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Herbs Choose from 4 delicious varieties 250ml 1.20/100ml Italian Style Cake Mix Choose from stracciatella or tiramisu 225g/275g 61.8p/50.5p/100g Pinot Grigio 2007 12.5% Vol. 75cl Limoncino di Sorrento 31% Vol. A refreshing Mediterranean liqueur made using fresh Ovali lemons 50cl 1.40/10cl 1.99 Each 1 2.69 Each 2 27p55p Each 59p89p Each 2.69Each 1.99Per Pack 1.29Per Pack 1.99Each 1.79Each 4.99Each 6.99Each 2.99Each 1.39Per Pack 3.503.99 Each www.lidl.co.uk Available in-store now! Shock as BBC forces star to quit a charity by bo wilson (Butbossstillrunsfirmthat trainspresentersforBeeb...) Bus stops are to be transformed into works of art -- but youll only see it from the top deck. An artist has designed a computer programme to create images for the roofs of bus shelters. Electronic panels will be installed on 64 shelters, two for every borough. Artists will upload their designs to a website where visitors will vote for the ones they want to see. The project is the brainchild of Alfie Dennen, 33. The digital artist, from Hackney, says he wants to give Londoners a canvas on which to tell their stories to thousands of others. Busstopthatshighart Surprised: Alagiah quit Fairtrade role index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html