Ofcom is now able to take entire TV channels off air if bosses fail to protect their participants in hit shows such as Love Island.
The TV regulator has put in new rules to protect the wellbeing of those who take part in reality shows – which extend to removing a broadcaster’s licence if they fail to comply.
Adam Baxter, Ofcom’s Director of Broadcasting Standards, said: “This means that broadcasters now have to take due care of people they feature, who might be at risk of significant harm –primarily vulnerable people and those not used to being in the public eye.
“We’re talking about shows like Love Island that attract a high level of media or social media interest, involving conflict and emotionally challenging situations, or requiring a person to disclose life-changing or private aspects of their lives.”
Speaking to Radio Times, out now, he said Ofcom has demanded that all broadcasters inform potential contestants about “any possible risks to their welfare, and how they’ll seek to minimise these”, as well as making it clear to viewers at home exactly how they are protecting people who take part.
He added: “We have the power in the most serious of cases to fine broadcasters or take away their licence to broadcast.”
Ofcom said they received 80 complaints from the public following the shock dumping of Love Island hopeful Shannon Singh , who was ordered to leave the villa within the first 48 hours of the current series.
Love Island’s Rachel eyes villa return
She got axed from the villa tonight but Love Islander Rachel Finni has pledged to return if producers will have her.
“I would beg to go in,” she says. “I’d be unapologetic, strong and forthright. I would definitely go back in and be ready to stir the pot until the pot broke.” Rachel reckons some of the contestants on the ITV2 series have upped their game playing.
“The last two days people are starting to do things that didn’t match their personality when they went in,” she says.
With these observations, get her back in there to break that pot…
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