Hello Britain receives warning from Ofcom after Piers Morgan complaints


Good Morning Britain was struck by an Ofcom warning of its “fighting dynamics” between the presenters after Piers Morgan had accumulated complaints to make fun of the Chinese language.

The warning came when the watchdog released its statement in response to complaints against Piers, who imitated the Chinese language during an episode released earlier this year.

On January 21, the controversial presenter mocked a Chinese milk ad starring Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson, Peter Phillips. He tried to repeat what was said in the clip by saying, “Ching chang cho jo.”

Co-star Susanna reacted by saying, “You can’t say that. Getting the mickey out of foreign languages ​​is more like 1970.

“Piers, don’t you realize what kind of awakenings we live in? “

In turn, the gag received more than 1,500 complaints from Ofcom and prompted ITV to finally apologize.

Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan
Good Morning Britain has been warned of its “fighting dynamics” between the presenters (Photo: Rex)

Ofcom has now shared its response to the incident and has ruled out continuing a full investigation.

The watchdog pointed out that although Susanna’s reaction “questioned the mimicry of the Chinese language by Piers Morgan and mitigated the potential offense”, their presentation style could be problematic.

“We remind ITV that there are risks of non-compliance by relying on a” combative dynamic “between broadcasters to provide a challenge and a context for the delivery of content liable to shock,” they said.

“This approach can provide a meaningful context, as in this case. However, depending on the particular circumstances, this may not always provide sufficient context to comply with the code. “

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Ofcom welcomed the fact that ITV had apologized and discussed the complaints with Piers to reduce a similar recurring incident.

They concluded that Good Morning Britain did not warrant further investigation, adding: “It was a finely balanced decision in which Ofcom should carefully consider the right to freedom of expression and the extent to which these comments were likely to cause offense, especially for viewers of Chinese heritage. “

Good Morning Britain is broadcast on weekdays from 6 a.m. on ITV.

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