CALVIN ROBINSON SUSPENDED BY GB NEWS
GB News has suspended presenter Calvin Robinson 'pending investigation' following a tweet Robinson sent in support of Dan Wootton, who was also suspended earlier this week.
On Tuesday night, GB News said in a statement: "Comments made tonight on GB News by Laurence Fox were totally unacceptable. What he said does not reflect our values and we apologise unreservedly for the comments and the offence they have caused. We have launched an investigation and will be apologising to the individual involved."
The next day it suspended Dan Wootton and Laurence Fox. Calvin Robinson was also suspended following a tweet defending Wootton. Wootton also had is MailOnline contract terminated this week.
On Thursday afternoon, Ofcom revealed it had received over 7000 complaints about the remarks made on GB News. The TV regular then launched an investigation into the broadcaster under our rules on offence.
Ofcom are investigating under Rule 2.3 of the Broadcasting Code which states that in "applying generally accepted standards broadcasters must ensure that material which may cause offence is justified by the context".
Earlier this month, Ofcom opened a further five investigations into GB News programming relating to its Don't Kill Cash campaign, which was already under investigation by Ofcom.
Ofcom explain: "Rule 5.4 of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code requires all broadcasters to ensure that their programmes - whatever their genre - exclude all expressions of the views and opinions of the person providing the service on matters of political and industrial controversy or current public policy. This reflects the statutory requirements in the Communications Act 2003 as set by Parliament."
Ofcom guidance explains the “person providing the service” is the licensee, the company officers and persons with an editorial responsibility for the service – rather than the individual presenters or guests that appear in the broadcaster’s programming."
Ofcom launched five further investigations relating to the Don't Kill Cash campaign on GB News. The additional programmes they are investigating, under the same rules as above, are:
Breakfast with Eamonn and Isabel, GB News, 6 Jul 23
Patrick Christys, GB News, 6 Jul 23
Britain’s Newsroom, GB News, 11 Jul 23
Britain’s Newsroom, GB News, 5 Jul 23
The Live Desk, GB News, 17 Aug 23
Earlier this month, Ofcom found GB News in breach of impartiality rules. An episode of Saturday Morning with Esther and Phil, which aired on GB News on 11 March 2023, presented by Esther McVey and Philip Davies, two sitting Conservative Party MPs.
This particular programme featured a pre-recorded interview between the two presenters and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt MP.
Ofcom concluded: "Given this programme featured two sitting MP presenters from one political party interviewing the Chancellor of the same political party about a matter of major political controversy and current public policy, we consider, in these circumstances, that GB News should have taken additional steps to ensure that due impartiality was preserved."
Ofcom say the investigation does not seek to question the merits of the Don't Kill Cash campaign itself.
GB News is available on Sky channel 512.