9 November 2012 - 8:46am | posted by | 0 comments

Ofcom asked to investigate ITV over Philip Schofield paedophile ambush

Ofcom asked to investigate ITV over Philip Schofield paedophile ambushOfcom asked to investigate ITV over Philip Schofield paedophile ambush

Media regulator Ofcom has been asked to investigate ITV following strong condemnation by Tory MPs of a ‘silly’ stunt in which veteran presenter Philip Schofield presented the Prime Minister with a list of alleged paedophiles live on air.

Conservative MP Rob Wilson has asked Ofcom to investigate the matter further claiming that ITV had a duty to warn individuals in advance of onscreen accusations and a number of complaints were made by viewers.

Schofield has already been forced to apologise for his dramatic intervention, broadcast to hundreds of thousands during a live spot on daytime television and subsequently disseminated across the net.
Some viewers claim to have been able to read the note after it was briefly flashed on screen during a clumsy handover.

Policing and Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green told BBC Question Time: "I think the stunt that Phillip Schofield pulled of presenting a list of names he had taken off the internet to the Prime Minister live on television was a tasteless and silly stunt and he should not have done it."

UPDATED: An Ofcom spokesperson told The Drum: "No decision has been made yet to investigate.

"All we can do at this stage is confirm that we received complaints, which are currently being assessed; but just to reiterate, no decision has yet been made to investigate."

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