Virgin Media pulls David Tennant TiVo ad

Virgin Media has pulled a TV advert featuring former Doctor Who David Tennant following BBC concerns about perceived commercial endorsement.

The ad featured David using Virgin’s TiVo service to catch up on old episodes of the BBC One show.

It was part of a multi-million pound campaign which launched last month in which David is seen searching for his past episodes using the TiVo personal video recorder and catch-up service.

However BBC Worldwide complained that the ad appeared to be a commercial endorsement of the service, breaking BBC guidelines.

Virgin Media said it had agreed to pull the ad as ‘a gesture of goodwill’.

In a joint statement, the BBC and Virgin Media said: “Virgin Media has listened to concerns raised by BBC Worldwide about perceived commercial endorsement by the BBC/a BBC brand relating to the recent Virgin Media advertisement.

“As a gesture of goodwill Virgin Media has agreed to withdraw transmission of the advertisement and BBC Worldwide is now satisfied that the issue has been addressed.”

Two other Virgin Media ads featuring David will continue to be shown, the company said.