BBC accused of giving free advertising to U2

The BBC has been accused of providing free advertising to rock veterans U2 in the weeks leading up to the release of their new album 'No Line On The Horizon'.

The Dublin band will feature on a number of BBC television and radio programmes next week including the Chris Evan's radio show on BBC Radio 2, the Jonathon Ross show on BBC 1 as well as a special edition of the Culture Show.

But the conservative MP Nigel Evans has publicly criticised the coverage as "the sort of publicity money can't buy," before adding "Why should licence fee-payers shoulder the cost of U2's publicity?"

However, Auntie has countered by claiming that they are merely reflecting public opinion with their blanket coverage: U2 are one of the world's most popular bands who have a diverse fanbase and we are reflecting this in our content."

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