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Former schools inspector slams TV ban of MND ad

Former schools inspector slams TV ban of MND ad
25th June 2009

The former chief inspector of schools has attacked the motives of TV watchdog Clearcast over its banning of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association's recent advertising campaign.

Sarah's Story - which depicts the mental and physical trauma the disease can bring - was handed a ban by the organisation after it was seen as too distressing, a decision which Chris Woodhead branded "odd".

Making his comments to the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2, Mr Woodhead explained that the MND does not have the funding it deserves to fight the condition, adding that it is particularly odd that TV and cinematic guidelines have differed so much.

He continued: "The only way in which a cure will be found, if ever, is by people being alerted to the horror and people deciding that they want to make a contribution.

"That's why it's so important this film is shown."

Last month, the cast of The Bill pledged their support to the MND Association after it was revealed that someone working with the show, Henry Marcuzzi, was diagnosed with the condition.

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