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OFCOM REVEAL MOST COMPLAINED ABOUT TV MOMENTS OF ALL TIME

Ofcom have revealed its ten most complained about TV moments of all time.



Good Morning Britain, ITV, 8 March 2021 – 54,595 complaints about this programme which focused on the interview between Oprah Winfrey and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.



Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 4, 10 January 2007 – 45,159 complaints centred on the alleged bullying of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty by fellow contestants Jade Goody, model Danielle Lloyd and singer Jo O’Meara. Channel Four was found in breach of the Broadcasting Code and was directed to broadcast a summary of Ofcom’s finding on three separate occasions.


Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 5, 30, 31 August & 1 September 2018 – 25,327 complaints concerning an allegation from a housemate, Roxanne Pallett, that fellow housemate Ryan Thomas had deliberately and repeatedly physically assaulted her. Ofcom's investigation found that this did not break broadcasting rules.



Britain’s Got Talent, ITV, 5 September 2020 – 25,017 complaints about a about a performance by the dance troupe Diversity that some viewers considered was not suitable for family viewing and expressed support for the political organisation 'Black Lives Matter'". Ofcom concluded that the programme did not raise issues under the rules.


Love Island, ITV2, 6 August 2021 – 24,921 complaints about Faye’s behaviour towards Teddy. Ofcom concluded that the programme did not raise issues under the rules.


Julia Hartley-Brewer, TalkTV, 3 January 2024 – 17,351 complaints about Julia Hartley-Brewer’s interview with Palestinian politician Dr Mustafa Barghouti. Ofcom concluded that the programme did not raise issues under the rules.



I’m a Celebrity, Get me out of Here!, ITV, December 2020 – 11,516 complaints related to the welfare of animals used in trials (complaints received as part of RSPCA petition). Ofcom concluded that the programme did not raise issues under the rules.


Dan Wootton Tonight, GB News, 26 September 2023 – 8,867 complaints about misogynistic comments made by Laurence Fox about journalist Ava Evans. Breach of Ofcom’s offence rules.



Jerry Springer the Opera, BBC2, 8 January 2005 – 8,860 complaints about the programme’s representation of the Christian community. Ofcom concluded that the programme did not raise issues under the rules.


King Charles III: The Coronation, ITV1, 6 May 2023 – 8,421 complaints about a comment made by actress Adjoa Andoh during the live broadcast, which focused on the appearance of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Ofcom concluded that the programme did not raise issues under the rules.


Full details about the complaints can be read here.



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