Ofcom launches investigation into Celebrity Big Brother and Loose Women

Ofcom launches investigation into Celebrity Big Brother and Loose Women

Monday, September 24, 2018

TV watchdog Ofcom has launched an investigation into controversial episodes of Celebrity Big Brother and Loose Women.

The regulator said that 25,257 viewers complained about an allegation of physical abuse made by Roxanne Pallett against Ryan Thomas on Celebrity Big Brother.

Mr Thomas, who was crowned the show’s winner, was accused by Ms Pallett of hurting her with a punch.

Many viewers defended Mr Thomas saying it was play-fighting in the final series of the Channel 5 show.

Viewers expressed offence, distress and concern at Ms Pallett’s allegations and the way in which it was handled by Celebrity Big Brother.

Ofcom will look at whether Channel 5 broadcasted the “appropriate information” which may have assisted “in avoiding or minimising offence” to viewers.

An Ofcom spokeswoman said: "We are investigating whether this programme broke our rules on offensive content."

Ms Pallett quit the show following the incident, but later publicly apologised to Mr Thomas and said that she fears she is the most hated girl in Britain".

 

‘Fell short of accepted standards’

On ITV, 7,900 viewers complained about the Loose Women panel's treatment of Kim Woodburn, who eventually walked off set.

The Ofcom spokeswoman said: "We are investigating whether this programme fell short of generally accepted standards."

Coleen Nolan argued with Ms Woodburn on Loose Women after they had initially feuded on a previous series of Celebrity Big Brother.

Ms Nolan was criticised following the incident and later announced she was taking a hiatus from all her work commitments, including Loose Women.

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