ITV has been cleared by media regulator Ofcom, over the comments of Piers Morgan about Megan Markle during her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier in March. The regulator had received more than 50,000 complaints about the program in March, including from the Duchess of Sussex herself, which focused on Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah.
Ofcom said Piers Morgan’s statements about suicide and mental health had the potential to be highly offensive, it concluded that the show “contained sufficient challenge to provide adequate protection and context to viewers”.
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An Ofcom spokesman said: “This was a finely balanced decision. Mr. Morgan’s comments were potentially harmful and offensive to viewers, and we recognize the strong public reaction to them. “But we also took full account of freedom of expression. Under our rules, broadcasters can include controversial opinions as part of legitimate debate in the public interest, and the strong challenge to Mr. Morgan from other contributors provided important context for viewers.
“Nonetheless, we’ve reminded ITV to take greater care around content discussing mental health and suicide in the future. ITV might consider the use of timely warnings or signposting of support services to ensure viewers are properly protected.”
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