Today, ofcom are initiating two new investigations into possible violations of broadcast standards on GB News Radio and Talk TV / Talk Radio
The first investigation will determine whether or not an episode of State of the Nation on GB News that was broadcast on May 9 adhered to the guidelines that we have established.
This programme, which was presented by Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and covered a breaking news story about a civil trial verdict involving former US President Donald Trump, was the subject of forty of the complaints that we received. In the course of our investigation, we will determine whether or not the programme complied with our rules, which state that politicians are not permitted to serve in the capacity of newsreaders on any news programme, with the exception of those rare instances in which such participation is editorially justifiable.
The second inquiry will determine whether or not Richard Tice, who appeared on Talk TV on April 2 and was interviewed by Alex Salmond, violated our rules that dictate how news and current events must be covered with appropriate impartiality.
Ofcom were given two complaints regarding this programme, specifically regarding a discussion that was held regarding the SNP.
Ofcoms investigation into Saturday Morning with Esther and Philip, which was presented on GB News on March 11, 2023, is still active and being carried out. This also ties in with the rules that were presented earlier.
Ofcom are interested in hearing people’s opinions on the topic of politicians presenting programmes.
In order to make certain that our guidelines for broadcasting continue to be applicable and useful, it is essential for Ofcom to gain a first-hand understanding of how people think and feel about the content of TV radio.
2005 was the year that saw the first implementation of the rules that govern politicians presenting on television. Ofcom are conducting new research in order to gauge how current audiences feel about current affairs programmes as a result of the recent rise in the number of current affairs programmes that are presented by sitting politicians and the recent public interest in this issue. An experienced research firm will be in charge of carrying this out, and ofcom intend to publish the results later on this year.
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