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Charities oppose U.K. 'Big Brother' plan to feature amputee soldiers

UPI News Service, 12/26/2009 

Veterans' charities said "Big Brother" producers should not go through with their proposal to feature amputee soldiers in the British TV series.

The Times of London reported Saturday the charities voiced displeasure with the Endemol TV production company's attempts to find injured military personnel to be featured in the 11th incarnation of the reality TV show.

"We're a charity, not a selection box for bad TV programs. The people we help are often vulnerable," said Army Benevolent Fund spokeswoman Annabelle Fuller after her group was contacted regarding the "Big Brother" plan.

Veterans Fund Chief Executive Officer Hugh Milroy, whose group was also contacted by Endemol, deemed the proposed season plan a "new low for reality TV."

Endemol and Channel 4 responded to the charities' criticisms by stating "Big Brother" is intended to feature a "diverse" group of contestants.

"'Big Brother' aims to cast the net far and wide to ensure that a diverse range of people get the opportunity to audition and take part in the program," the two media groups said in a joint statement.

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