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Channel 4 and Sky News' 'Battle for No 10' sparks 254 Ofcom complaints as social media turns on Kay Burley for Ed Miliband questioning


By John McCarthy | Media editor

March 27, 2015 | 5 min read

Ofcom has received over 250 complaints regarding Channel 4 and Sky News’ ‘Battle for No10’ broadcast debate between Labour party leader Ed Miliband and prime minister and Conservative head David Cameron.

Of the complaints received, the watchdog announced that 110 “alleged bias” in the treatment of the leaders from the show’s hosting duo, retired BBC veteran Jeremy Paxman and Sky News presenter Kay Burley.

A common complaint on social media was the allegation that Kay Burley issued easier questions to prime minister David Cameron than Ed Miliband.

For instance, while David Cameron, near the close of his 18 minute Q&A, was asked whether he liked Shredded Wheat cereal, Miliband was posed several probing questions about his relationship with his brother, David Miliband, who failed in his attempt to become the party’s leader to Ed.

Burley concluded: "Your poor mother".

Guardian columnist Sunny Hundal was among the critics of Hurley’s segment.

Former Labour communications director Alistair Campbell felt Burley's treatment of Miliband worked to his advantage in the eyes of viewers.

Channel 4 news anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy also critisised the broadcast.

As did Guardian columnist Owen Jones.

The criticism was not well received by Burley on Twitter however.

An Ofcom spokesperson said: “We are assessing the complaints before deciding whether or not to investigate.”

This comes after social media analysis found that the reception to the leaders’ performances on Twitter was evenly matched.

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