This week, Office of Communications (Ofcom) received 1,968 complaints about ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!
The majority of complainants – around 1,100 – objected to Matt Hancock’s presence in the jungle. Other viewers expressed concerns about how he was being treated by the other contestants.
It’s worth being aware that under Ofcom rules, in principle – and taking into account freedom of expression – there’s no ban on any particular person taking part in programmes. However, if the mere presence of a person is likely to cause offence, Ofcom would expect broadcasters to take steps to mitigate or justify that offence. How they do that editorially, is up to them.
Ofcom also had 112 complaints this week about Coronation Street which relate to a storyline about racial violence.
As usual, Ofcom will be assessing all these complaints against broadcasting rules, before deciding whether or not to investigate.
Every week Ofcom publish a list of programmes that have received more than 50 standards complaints.
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