Children's TV Presenters Front Safe Sex Campaign; ROLE MODELS: BUT HEALTH EDUCATION CHIEFS COME UNDER FIRE

By Smith, Steve | Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), January 12, 1999 | Go to article overview

Children's TV Presenters Front Safe Sex Campaign; ROLE MODELS: BUT HEALTH EDUCATION CHIEFS COME UNDER FIRE


Smith, Steve, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)


TV presenter Gail Porter, who posed nude for a glossy men's magazine, is fronting Britain's latest safe sex campaign.

But last night moral campaigners attacked the decision to use a children's presenter for the role.

Edinburgh-born Gail, star of the BBC's Fully Booked show for young children, claimed she was chosen for the campaign because it is so long since she had sex.

Last night Gail, 27, joked: "Safe sex? You can't get much safer than that. Just don't do it."

She will front the promotion along with another popular TV presenter, Jamie Theakston.

Gail faced a storm of protest from parents who questioned whether she was a suitable role model for youngsters in the wake of her raunchy magazine poses.

She first sparked anger when she was pictured in GQ magazine lying naked on her front, bathed in blue light.

And in this month's FHM magazine, Gail stripped down to a white bikini for another photo shoot.

The former pupil of Edinburgh's Portobello High is leading the Health Education Authority's safe sex campaign - Get It On - with Live and Kicking star Jamie, 27.

Gail, who is currently standing in for Melinda Messenger on Channel 5's Not Melinda's Big Night, joked HEA officials picked her for the job because she hadn't had sex for so long.

She added: "They have been reading all these articles and noticed how long I've been single.

"I honestly can't remember the last time I had sex. So they're probably thinking, `Great. Get her to do it'.

"I think they chose me and Jamie because we're not squeaky-clean. We're real and kids see us on TV making mistakes so they may pay attention to us."

But John Crabbe, of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child, said: "Using these presenters is taking unfair advantage of young children because they will take what these two say as gospel. …

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