ITV exec Peter Fincham says Phillip Schofield was “wrong and misguided” over This Morning ‘paedo list’ debacle

by Lynn Connolly

As we reported yesterday, ITV promised to launch an investigation into what’s been branded as the “blindsiding” of PM David Cameron during a recent appearance on This Morning which saw co-host Phillip Schofield handing him what’s now been dubbed, a “paedo list.”

Handing the Prime Minister a piece of card that bore the names of senior government officials who have been accused online of child sex abuse, Schofield said he’d found the names following an internet search that took mere “minutes”.

And as Phillip asked the nonplussed PM if he was going to take any form of action against those accused online, Cameron responded that it would be improper to address such allegations without having full knowledge of exactly who was accused of what.

He also cautioned against provoking a “witch hunt” in the wake of the allegations made over DJ Sir Jimmy Savile and “others” who’ve allegedly been named in documents the police have in relation to Operation Yewtree…

This morning, ITV executive Peter Fincham has, in an interview with ITV News, addressed the This Morning faux pas, and said that Schofield was “wrong and misguided” in presenting the PM with the list.

Fincham said, “I think the way This Morning interviewed the Prime Minister last Thursday or that portion of the interview was wrong, was misguided.

“I’m not happy that this happened. We have editorial processes and checks in place and, to be honest with you, they weren’t followed so I’m not happy about that.

“But I think the way we have tackled this and responded to this has been quick and decisive.”

Fincham added that the channel would “co-operate fully” with the Ofcom investigation that’s been sparked by the incident after some 400 viewers complained to the TV watchdog.

Fincham concluded, “I’ve spoken to Phillip Schofield myself. He realises his mistake.

“He apologised for it extremely fully and extremely quickly and I discussed that with him and I think he’s under no illusions that this was a lapse in ITV journalism; this is something we shouldn’t have done.”

Former BBC One controller Mr Fincham added that Schofield won’t be sacked from his post on the show.

Here’s a reminder of the incident…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.