An ITV boss has stated the broadcaster doesn’t have “anything to hide” as he confirmed they’re co-operating with the impartial inquiry being undertaken in relation to Phillip Schofield.
Schofield exited ITV’s This Morning programme and the broadcaster itself in May after admitting to having a relationship with a youthful male former colleague.
His departure additionally sparked additional allegations the programme was fostering a bullying tradition that had been described as poisonous.
Jane Mulcahy KC is at the moment main an exterior evaluate of the info after Schofield’s departure which is predicted to be accomplished in September.
Speaking on the Edinburgh TV Festival, ITV’s managing director Kevin Lygo stated: “She (Mulcahy) has been talking to everybody involved, they take your phone and look at every single text you’ve ever sent, email, WhatsApp.
“So, everything is available, lots of interviews, talking to everybody and I hope as soon as possible, but probably in September, she will make that public.”
ITV bosses have beforehand stated each Schofield and his youthful lover “repeatedly denied” allegations of a relationship till the previous This Morning presenter departed from ITV and formally apologised.
ITV chief govt Dame Carolyn McCall instructed MPs that “we were repeatedly told nothing was happening” and each males denied it “both formally and informally”.
Addressing how ITV handles obligation of care, Lygo stated: “We do, trust me, take it incredibly seriously.
“I don’t think we’ve got anything to hide and if we can adapt and change our processes to make it better, then we should do so on a continuing basis.”
Veteran BBC presenter Huw Edwards had been accused of paying a teenager for sexually express images.
The company got here beneath hearth for its dealing with of preliminary complaints in opposition to the newsreader and has launched a evaluate into the way it handles non-editorial complaints.
Asked whether or not he would take into account a cross-broadcaster initiative to sort out these kind of points, Lygo stated he feels these initiatives can turn out to be difficult and he thinks ITV is main the way in which with duty-of-care insurance policies attributable to having expertise with it from exhibits like Love Island.
He stated that current cases with Schofield and Edwards had proven there must be a deal with “what’s going on behind the scenes” in addition to on digital camera.
“Ten years ago this wasn’t even on the agenda, so I think it’s a good thing that we’re all assessing the right way to treat people and a lot of it is common sense and decency,” he added.
During the panel discuss, Lygo additionally addressed how ITV would react if allegations have been made in opposition to journalist Dan Wootton in relation to his time whereas working as a showbiz correspondent on ITV’s Lorraine.
The GB News presenter has been accused on utilizing a pseudonym and providing colleagues cash for sexual materials which has prompted the publishers of MailOnline, the place he has a column, and his earlier employers at The Sun newspaper to look into the allegations.
Asked whether or not ITV would additionally launch an inquiry into Wootton, Lygo stated: “He doesn’t work for us any more, so that makes it complicated. We haven’t had any complaints, to my knowledge, about it.
“If anything comes to light that was untoward whilst he was at Lorraine, which is quite a few years ago now, then, yes, we should have a look at it.”
Last month, TV presenter Wootton used his self-titled GB News programme to confess he had made “errors of judgment” previously however branded the “criminal allegations” as “simply untrue”.
Elsewhere on the ITV panel, the controller of ITV2, ITVBe and CITV, Paul Mortimer, confirmed they’ve dedicated to 2 sequence of their Big Brother present however believes the run might be prolonged as he feels it is going to be a “hit” present.
The actuality sequence might be again on screens later this yr following its revival by ITV 5 years after it was axed by Channel 5.
He instructed the competition viewers that they’re at the moment constructing the home and have signed off on a lot of the casting.
“We have bought into Big Brother. A lot of us at ITV are Big Brother fans, a lot us worked at Channel 4 when Big Brother was conceived and it was there for 10 years,” Mortimer stated.
“I can’t imagine that we’re in it just to do two six-week runs across 2023 and 2024. This is the start of it, so watch this space.”
During the opening debate on Wednesday on the competition – titled Who Holds The Power In TV? – a panel mirrored on how quite a lot of points with high-profile presenters have arisen recently.
Jon Thoday, co-founding managing director of Avalon Entertainment, identified for exhibits equivalent to Taskmaster, Catastrophe and Starstruck, instructed the occasion: “If you run a business, and there’s something or somebody’s doing something wrong, it’s unusual not to know about it, and I think that, for me, it was odd, some of the ITV stuff.
“I’m surprised they didn’t (know about Schofield). Maybe it’s such a big business that they didn’t, but I think in the end it’s management’s job to know what is going on.”