Celebrity Big Brother under investigation as Ofcom receives 25,257 complaints over Roxanne Pallett's abuse scandal
Ofcom will be looking into the matter to determine if Channel 5 broadcast "appropriate information" that may or may not have helped "in avoiding or minimizing offense".
Television watchdog Ofcom has announced that it is launching an official investigation into Channel 5 over the tackling of certain controversial broadcast content. For the uninitiated, the episodes in question pertain to that of two reality shows - 'Celebrity Big Brother' and 'Loose Women' - which drew quite a bit of ire from fans in the past few months following a very public meltdown.
"We are investigating whether this programme broke our rules on offensive content. We are investigating whether this programme fell short of generally accepted standards," an Ofcom spokeswoman was quoted as saying by Daily Mail. According to the website, the UK-based regulatory body will be looking into the matter to determine if Channel 5 broadcast "appropriate information" that may or may not have helped "in avoiding or minimizing offense".
As reported earlier, popular reality show CBB came under fire during late August and early September when this season's star Roxanne Pallett had leveled serious allegations of physical abuse against fellow star Ryan Thomas, who was eventually crowned as this year's winner. Accusing Thomas of being a "woman beater", Pallett even quit the show, sending CBB viewers into a meltdown.
Following the much public scandal, Coronation Street's star, Thomas was even issued a formal warning by the production.
It wasn't until much later in the season that camera footage revealed the truth about the punching incident. Apparently, it was a playful act and was not as vicious as Pallett had claimed it to be. Later on, the 'Emmerdale' actress would publicly apologize to Thomas for the incident, explaining how she feared being the most hated girl in Britain. Indeed, the episodes sparked a wave of fury amongst viewers and Ofcom received an altogether of 25,257 complaints about the scandal.
A second issue that has sparked the Ofcom investigation took place during an episode of ITV's 'Loose Woman'. Back in August, when Kim Woodburn and Coleen Nolan fought live on air, many an audience member was left shocked. So much so that the episode had ended with a tearful Woodburn walking out of the sets after the awkward showdown with Coleen.
'It's been the worst week of my life'.— This Morning (@thismorning) September 4, 2018
Coleen Nolan opens up about Kim Woodburn's recent Loose Women appearance. pic.twitter.com/KOPz4J8keS
The feud raised quite a few eyebrows as Ofcom received 7,900 complaints regarding the situation and how the show's panel treated 76-year-old Woodburn.