Good Morning Britain was not in breach of the broadcasting code over Piers Morgan’s controversial feedback in regards to the Duchess of Sussex, Ofcom has stated.
The regulator had acquired greater than 50,000 complaints in regards to the programme in March, which centered on Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Though Ofcom stated Morgan’s statements about suicide and psychological well being had the potential to be extremely offensive, it has concluded that the present “contained ample problem to offer satisfactory safety and context to viewers”.
An Ofcom spokesman stated: “This was a finely-balanced determination. Mr Morgan’s feedback have been doubtlessly dangerous and offensive to viewers, and we recognise the robust public response to them.
“However we additionally took full account of freedom of expression. Underneath our guidelines, broadcasters can embody controversial opinions as a part of professional debate within the public curiosity, and the robust problem to Mr Morgan from different contributors offered vital context for viewers.
“Nonetheless, we have reminded ITV to take larger care round content material discussing psychological well being and suicide in future. ITV may think about the usage of well timed warnings or signposting of help providers to make sure viewers are correctly protected.”
Morgan, who has since left the flagship morning present, referred to as the ruling a “victory”, tweeting: “I am delighted OFCOM has endorsed my proper to disbelieve the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, lots of which have confirmed to be unfaithful.
“It is a resounding victory free of charge speech and a powerful defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Do I get my job again?”