Fans of This Morning will no doubt recall that co-host Phillip Schofield blindsided PM David Cameron by handing him a list of the names of past and present government officials who are alleged to have been involved in child sex scandals…
The incident caused outrage after the show in question, during which Schofield told the PM that he’d found the names – which were on a piece of card – “within minutes” of searching the internet.
At the time, Cameron refused to comment as to whether he would investigate the allegations and said only that such things had to be treated “carefully” for fear of wrongly accusing a person or persons.
Apparently, dozens of viewers complained about the incident – in which some said they were able to decipher the names on the list – and as a result, ITV launched an inquiry. Today, the broadcaster has promised that there will be “appropriate disciplinary action” taken over the event…
An ITV spokesman said, “Last Thursday we began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mistake on that day’s This Morning programme, for which both Phillip Schofield and ITV apologised.
“This investigation has now concluded and the appropriate disciplinary action has been taken.
“We sincerely apologise because the way in which the issue was raised was clearly wrong and should have been handled differently.
“We have taken steps to make sure our editorial processes are always properly followed, which was not the case in this instance, and to ensure such an error will not be made again.”
TV watchdog Ofcom has received around 100 complaints about the incident, and is currently considering whether to launch an investigation.
Meanwhile, policing and criminal justice minister Damian Green described Schofield’s actions in compiling the list, and handing it to the PM live on air, as “tasteless and silly.”
Here’s a reminder of the awkward incident…
What are your thoughts about this story? Was it wrong of Phillip to make that list? And worse, to hand it to Cameron on air? Or were his actions justified?