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Charity Commission appoints interim manager for Revelation TV

In September 2014, the government body announced it was acting upon complaints that the charity was being used for private advantage.

Revelation TV bosses have consistently denied any wrongdoing and had accused the Charity Commission of damaging its integrity and transparency as a station.

However, despite not revealing any details in regards to the inquiry, the Commission has announced Brian Johnson of HW Fisher & Company will join the charity and work alongside the current trustees.

In a statement, it said: "This appointment is a temporary and protective measure and is not to the exclusion of the charity's trustees.

"This means that the Interim Manager will work alongside the trustees, who remain in place and continue to have the full powers, legal duties and responsibilities of trustees."

It also says the Interim Manager will conduct a review on the charity's finances and accounts and its relationships with a number of entities.

Mr Johnson will report back to the Charity Commission at a later date.

Revelation TV has responded to the development in a statement on its website. It said: "After a thorough investigation of Revelation Foundation over nine months the Charity Commission has identified no loss or misappropriation of charitable funds by the trustees.

"The trustees have nothing to hide and welcome this appointment and will draw upon the expertise of the accountant and his team to ensure the public have full assurance as to the work of the trust."

Revelation TV was founded by Howard and Lesley Conder and has been broadcasting for twelve years.

On its website it says the channel broadcasts to millions of households in the UK and Europe via various TV platforms and around the world via the internet.

UPDATE 22/07/15:

Revelation TV has subsequently been in contact with Premier to explain more about the role of the Interim Manger. It said: "In a meeting with Brian Johnson the trustees pointed out that 'interim manager' was an inappropriate description of what Brian was going to do.

"This was agreed by him and by Angela Ascroft from the Charity Commission, but Angela explained that they had to use that term as it was the only one laid down by law when they were using their powers to compel Revelation Foundation to employ his services.

"Brian Johnson affirmed that he is not managing anything, in particular the programming content. The work he is doing is that of a consultant."

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