BBC slammed for spending thousands on fancy candles for ‘celebs’

  • BBC bosses have been blasted for buying fancy candles to give to celebrities at their charity Sport Relief night.

Stars including Kylie Minogue, Claudia Winkleman, John Bishop and Paddy McGuinness took part in the fundraiser.

They all gave their time for free as Sport Relief raked in more than £38 million for good causes.

But backstage, in addition to laying on food and drinks, Beeb chiefs handed each a special gift at the end of the night.

The stars attending the live event in Salford earlier this month were given candles from Jo Malone – a famous posh brand.

‘FLAMING CHEEK’: Jo Malone posh candles in their bags

The candles range in price from £45 to £135. More than 80 Jo Malone bags containing the luxury presents were dished out.

Staff working on the show were stunned that the BBC handed out gifts at a charity event.

And the Beeb used licence fee payers’ money to buy them.

A Jo Malone spokesman said: “The candles were purchased by the BBC (TV Licence payer). We did not gift them.”

Last night Tory MP Peter Bone accused TV chiefs of wasting money.

He said: “It is ridiculous to spend licence fee payers’ money on something these celebrities probably don’t even want. Should I be surprised about this? Yes. But am I? No. It’s the BBC.”

A BBC spokesman said: “All Sport Relief talent give their time for free and are not paid for their involvement. As a small token of appreciation we purchased a limited number of candles at a heavily discounted price and they were given to key talent who played a part in the Sport Relief campaign.”