The BBC will not reveal who is presenting coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, set to be staged next month.
TV gardener Diarmuid Gavin had been hotly tipped to present the show (23-27 May) but the BBC is staying tight-lipped about its plans.
Gavin has recently signed up for an advertising campaign to be the face of Westland Multi-Purpose Compost to be screened on ITV, Channel 4 and Sky this month.
But the BBC is known for its procedure on presenters signing up for advertising. Percy Thrower was infamously sacked from the corporation after advertising ICI garden chemicals on ITV in 1976.
A BBC representative confirmed the strict guidelines Gavin would be under and said they had not decided who would present Chelsea.
The representative said: “We have really strict guidelines about what presenters can and cannot do when they are working for the BBC.
“That’s to protect their reputation as presenters and also protect the BBC’s reputation and the reputation of its programmes.”
The Westland advert is expected to be seen by 11 million adults when is premieres this month.
* Monty Don said he was “delighted and flattered” to sign on as the main presenter for BBC’s Gardener’s World for a further two years.
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